Watt it means to live to 100

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -

A SHARP mind and a cheeky smile are some of the things that come to mind when talk­ing with cen­te­nar­ian Beth Watt. Mrs Watt turns 100 to­day. Born in Keller­ber­rin in 1918 near Mass­ing­ham Street, she spent much of her time there be­fore mov­ing to a farm­ing prop­erty on Dog Hill Road, Baldivis with her own fam­ily more than 60 years ago.

With an in­fec­tious grin and a wink she said she en­joys ex­cel­lent health.

“As far as I know I’ve been a good girl so far,” she said.

She said there was a sim­ple recipe for her long years of good health and san­ity.

“The coun­try air, a busy farm life and be­ing part of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Yes be­ing there when you are needed, just be­ing with peo­ple.”

“I have been very blessed. I have won­der­ful, car­ing neigh­bours and fam­ily – my nieces are just like daugh­ters.”

While in Baldivis, Mrs Watt joined many com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing the Red Cross, Sil­ver Chain and the CWA of which she said she is still a mem­ber.

She also reg­u­larly vol­un­teered at the Mundi­jong op shop un­til it closed sev­eral years ago. “All of those groups did a lot of wel­fare work – I loved wel­fare work,” she said.

She was an ac­com­plished pi­anist and choir con­duc­tor and pro­vided pi­ano tu­ition to many chil­dren through­out the re­gion.

For 21 years, she was the ac­com­pa­nist for the Kwinana Choir and con­ducted the Ser­pen­tine CWA Choir for 15 years.

She mar­ried her teenage sweet­heart Roger Watt in 1942, en­joy­ing a happy mar­riage for more than 54 years un­til he passed away 1997.

Long-term Baldivis res­i­dent Beth Watt turns 100 to­day.

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