Maisie reaches 99no

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

WEEKLY fit­ness classes and a lit­tle tai chi are Maisie Kil­gal­lon’s tips for reach­ing 99.

The Bel­mont lo­cal was taken by sur­prise when her friends threw her a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion at the Bel­mont RSL SubBranch.

“It was won­der­ful, be­cause I knew noth­ing about it,” Mrs Kil­gal­lon said. “I was shocked.

“It’s start­ing to wear off now, I’m head­ing for the big one.”

Mrs Kil­gal­lon moved to Bel­mont from Kal­go­or­lie, af­ter meet­ing hus­band Tom up north in Laver­ton.

“I was only 16 when I met him,” she said. “We got mar­ried, had the chil­dren in d472554 Kal­go­or­lie at the time of the the end of the war.”

The long-time RSL mem­ber and mother of five, who was part of the RSL Women’s Aux­il­iary Ser­vice, has now lived in Bel­mont for about 70 years, work­ing for Swan Port­land un­til she was 63 then vol­un­teer­ing her time at the club.

Phyl­lis Worth (91) and Christina Rodgers (100) be­came fast friends with Mrs Kil­gal­lon at the RSL.

“We’ve had hol­i­days to­gether for about 30 years,” Mrs Worth said. “I think we’ve been all over WA, just about.

“The three of us just clicked; played cards, gone to the movies. I don’t think we’ve ever had ar­gu­ments, any of us.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Maisie Kil­gal­lon (right) cel­e­brates her 99th birth­day with friend Phyl­lis Worth.

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