Armistice Baby Joyce Wood from Raymond Terrace Celebrates Her Own Centenary

The affable Joyce Wood with her great-niece and Port Stephens Councillor, Jaimie Abbott.
The affable Joyce Wood with her great-niece and Port Stephens Councillor, Jaimie Abbott.

 

WHILE most people were commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day on Sunday, 11 November, a family in Raymond Terrace were planning a celebration.

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Raymond Terrace’s very own Armistice baby, Mrs Joyce Wood, celebrated her own centenary, turning 100 on 16 November.

A resident at Raymond Terrace Gardens, Mrs Wood celebrated with family and friends at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club.

In a previous interview, Mrs Wood had told News Of The Area, “I’ve never been one not to get involved and I’ve kept busy, you need to.”

“I’ve done meals on wheels, bowling, volunteered at the Church.”

“Don’t sit down!” Mrs Wood also declared as being a key ingredient in maintaining longevity, energy, and youthfulness.

Mrs Wood has always lived in the district, having been born in Karuah where she also went to school.

She moved to Raymond Terrace when she married and lived in the same house near the Ki Ora homestead of her parents in law until her move into the nursing home less than two years ago.

There they raised their two daughters, Julie and Sandra.

At her party, Mrs Wood told guests, “I’ve always ensured I’ve surrounded myself with good friends and family.”

“I had a good loving husband and lots of love in my life which has helped me live to 100.”

“It’s always been important to me to stay active and bowls was a big part of my life for over 40 years which kept my mind and body active, it was a great social network.”

Councillor Jaimie Abbott told News Of The Area, “It’s been inspiring to see Aunty Joyce mark such a special milestone and she’s still so active and sharp.”

“When I am older I hope I am in as good form as what Aunty Joyce is.”

 

By Heather SHARP and Rachael VAUGHAN

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