Maisie reaches 99no
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 Maisie Kilgallon (right) celebrates her 99th birthday with friend Phyllis Worth. up north in Laverton.
“I was only 16 when I met him,” she said. “We got married, had the children in 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.”