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Albany centenarian achieves another milestone at Bethel Residential Care

Baptistcare Bethel Residential Care's resident, Lorna Mullally, achieved her goal of becoming a centenarian celebrating her milestone with family and friends.

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11 August 2022

News | Aged Care Homes

When Lorna Mullally was interviewed by the Albany Advertiser on her 90th birthday, back in 2012 she laughingly said she was now ‘shooting towards the 100th mark’.

This year she achieved her goal of becoming a centenarian, celebrating the milestone with family and her friends at Baptistcare Bethel Residential Care.

Lorna says the secret to a long and happy life is to remain active at every age.

She first took up swimming at the age of 50 – the same year she began playing tennis at the former C&S Tennis Club where she won multiple trophies.

When a knee replacement at 80 forced Lorna to put down her racquet she picked up her first golf club and become a regular at the Grove Park Golf Links.

She is still in pursuit of a hole in one as a keen participant in Bethel’s regular mini golf tournaments.

Lorna has always embraced courage and resilience.

Born in Narrogin on 14 August 1922 she was only 16 when she left home and made the 269km journey to the Great Southern to forge a new life in Albany.

That’s where she met her husband Ned at the age of 18 and two years later they married.

The Mullallys headed to Redmond where they became pioneers of the local dairy farming industry and raised five children.

Sadly Ned had a heart-attack on the farm and passed away in 1983.

In 1984 Lorna tragically lost her son and daughter-in-law in a road accident leaving her to bring up two beloved grandchildren.

Baptistcare Bethel Lifestyle Coordinator, Kaitlyn Dickson, said Lorna is a great example of living life to the fullest.

“Lorna loves learning new skills and doesn’t let her age stop her from participating in sports and social activities,” said Kaitlyn.

“Whether it’s carpet bowls and bingo or cooking and arts and crafts, Lorna is always first to put her name down.”

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