Great wit and the joy of ice cream
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.
SWEET SENIORS’ WEEK: 101-year-old Hilda Payne enjoys her lunch beside Burnett River for Seniors’ Week.