Cel­e­brat­ing 80 with Alice

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

ALICE Looke has lived a fruit­ful life and she’s cer­tainly made a mark on the Whit­sun­days and to those most dear to her.

She’s ex­pe­ri­enced many mile­stones in the region, and this Satur­day she will reach yet an­other as she cel­e­brates 80 years.

It was in 1963 that Alice ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days from Bri­bie Is­land with hus­band, Ken, and their young daugh­ter.

The pair lived in a tent and Kombi Van on a block of land now known as Whit­sun­day Wan­der­ers Car­a­van Park be­fore they pur­chased their first home on Water­son Way.

They then built a four-bed­room home to­gether in Ju­bilee Pocket for their fam­ily of six.

In that time, the fam­ily bat­tled through Cy­clone Ada as it tore through the region and they watched as coun­cil in­tro­duced its very first sew­er­age sys­tem.

The cou­ple left the prop­erty in 1974 to live south of Brisbane but even­tu­ally re­turned in 2008.

Alice is an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity as a com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre lend­ing a help­ing hand to those who need it.

In the words of Ken: “Alice is a gen­uine, lovely wo­man”.

IN LOVE: Alice and Ken Looke have been married for 53 years and on Satur­day, Alice will cel­e­brate her 80th birth­day.

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