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Jean celebrates turning 105

“I’m grateful for a long and interesting life”

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2 November, 2020

Jean Prince, a resident at BaptistCare Shalom Centre celebrated 105 years on Friday 23 October. Our Shalom staff, along with some of her family, held a little party for her with flowers and a cake.

Born on October 23, 1915 in Newtown, Jean had one brother and says her clearest childhood memory is, “walking to Newtown Primary school”.

Jean told us that the best day of her life so far is when she married her husband, Bert, in 1942: “My marriage to Bert was at the Dulwich Methodist Church then Marrickville Town Hall Reception”, she said.

For most of her life, Jean lived in Denistone and Epping. For the last ten years, Shalom has been her home.

Jean spent her working life as a ledger keeper, and throughout her life she enjoyed sport, playing tennis, scoring at the cricket and was the president of the Beecroft Bowling Club. Jean and Bert loved to travel and together they travelled overseas many times. Together Bert and Jean had three children and Jean now has six grandchildren.

We asked Jean some questions on the occasion of this milestone event.

Q. Happy Birthday Jean! What are you most looking forward to, about turning 105?
Special wishes from family and staff.

Q. What advice can you give about living a long life?
Keep active physically and mentally. Do crosswords and puzzles.

Q. What do you look forward to, for the coming year?
More excellent care from the Shalom staff.

Q. What is your favourite part of your day living at BaptistCare Shalom?
Resting and meal times.

Q. What are you most grateful for?
A long and interesting life. Good health.

Q. What would you like for your 106th birthday?
A big celebration with family and friends.

Happy 105th Birthday Jean, from all your friends at BaptistCare.