No com­plaints from Mrs Ma­son

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

CEN­TE­NAR­IAN Jean Ma­son cel­e­brated her land­mark birth­day with not one, not two but three cel­e­bra­tions this month.

On Novem­ber 7, Mrs Ma­son toasted her 100th year on the rooftop gar­den at Monte Clare re­tire­ment home in Clare­mont with 60 rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing her two sons Robert and John.

On her birth­date the fol­low­ing day, St Lau­rence Church in Dalkeith hosted its first 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion fol­low­ing the reg­u­lar Sun­day ser­vice.

Fi­nally, she at­tended a party at Monte Clare with her fel­low res­i­dents and new­found friends.

Robert Ma­son said his mother re­ceived cards, gifts and let­ters of con­grat­u­la­tions from Queen El­iz­a­beth II, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, Premier Colin Bar­nett, For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop and more.

He said his mother could not com­pre­hend all the at­ten­tion.

“All present were well aware of her dig­ni­fied ac­cep­tance of life and the un­spec­i­fied sup­port she has given to her im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­ily and many char­i­ta­ble and so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions dur­ing her life­time,” Mr Ma­son said. “She is a very pri­vate and un­com­plain­ing per­son, prob­a­bly ex­pected and unique to her gen­er­a­tion.”

Mrs Ma­son lived at Melvista Lodge re­tire­ment home un­til the age of 97, when she moved to Monte Clare.

Jean Man­son is flanked by sons John and Robert dur­ing the cen­te­nar­ian’s cel­e­bra­tions.

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