Great wit and the joy of ice cream

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

AF­TER 101 years Hilda Payne still likes a sweet treat.

AF­TER 101 years Hilda Payne still en­joys an ice cream on a glo­ri­ous win­ter’s day.

A group of Coon­am­bula Lodge res­i­dents re­cently en­joyed a Se­niors’ Week bar­be­cue lunch be­side Bur­nett River.

Mrs Payne, who lived at Grosvenor for most of her life, moved to Mun­dub­bera to be closer to town.

En­rolled nurse Melisa Brown took the res­i­dents out for a change of scenery.

“I have been look­ing af­ter Mrs Payne for over six years now,” Ms Brown said.

“She has a great wit and she is a de­light to be with.

“My time at Coon­am­bula Lodge has been full of good times and be­ing with the res­i­dents is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Se­niors’ Week has been cel­e­brated through­out the North Bur­nett and there were none more de­serv­ing than the res­i­dents from Coon­am­bula Lodge.

Ivy McKin­ley is 98 and she spoke about her time as a show jump­ing cham­pion.

“I was born in Gayn­dah and as a girl my fam­ily bred show jump­ing horses,” Mrs McKin­ley said.

“My fam­ily trav­elled up to Monto, show jump­ing, and we would camp here on the banks of the river.

“Com­ing back down here brings back won­der­ful mem­o­ries.”

She lived in Bris­bane for more than 50 years and drove army trucks dur­ing the war.

Jim, 92, and Olive Grant, 90, were the first cou­ple in Queens­land Health al­lowed to share a dou­ble bed.

The pair en­joys get­ting out of the lodge and let­ting the wind blow around them.

“I was the lo­cal elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor in Mun­dub­bera for 48 years and I owned the Betta Elec­tri­cal store,” Mr Grant said.

“I like to walk along the river now as I have for the past 70 years.”

Coon­am­bula Lodge is a wing of Mun­dub­bera Hos­pi­tal.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

SWEET SE­NIORS’ WEEK: 101-year-old Hilda Payne en­joys her lunch be­side Bur­nett River for Se­niors’ Week.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.