JOAN Cheers celebrated a milestone birthday last weekend, surrounded by more than 100 family and friends at Bulahdelah Bowling Club.
Joan said the highlight of her 80 years, has been spending time with her two daughters, three grandchildren, extended family and friends.
“My goal was just having the love of family, and that, to me, is everything,” she said.
“I just think that family and friends keep you going, that’s my motto.”
Joan said she started kindergarten with many of her guests, and has always kept that friendship.
“I am so thrilled that everyone turned up here today, I can’t thank them enough,” she said.
Joan was born in Bulahdelah in 1937 and worked for 46 years in the bakery and butchers.
She also volunteered at the pool and for many other organisations including the nursing home.
Since retiring, Joan has travelled overseas and has taken more than 20 coach tours around Australia.
“There’s just been so many changes over the years, everything is so modern now,” Joan said.
“When I think of what my mum had to work with when she had all of us at home compared to what I have today, it is just unreal.”
Joan told News Of The Area, she attributes her long and happy life to simply having a healthy lifestyle.
“I just think that you should keep moving and do something every day, like work for charity and keep your mind active that way,” she said.
“You should always care for people, and if there’s anything that upsets you, turn the other cheek and just sort it out.”
For the future, Joan said she simply plans to enjoy spending time with her family and friends, and just take every day as it comes.
Although Joan has moved to Newcastle to be closer to her children, she said she will always consider Bulahdelah home.
“I loved every day that I was here, it is still home to me, I just love it,” she said.
By Daniel SAHYOUN