A simple celebration to mark 100th birthday
Louvain Nolan doesn’t want a big fuss when she turns 100.
The Mt Albert resident has simply requested a fruitcake to celebrate the milestone on May 19.
‘‘As you get older you just can’t be bothered,’’ she says.
But staff at Everil Orr retirement home in Mt Albert won’t let their ‘‘spunky’’ resident’s big day go by without a little bit more than a fruitcake.
Orquidea Tamayo, who works at the retirement home, says staff have organised a pianist to play Ms Nolan’s favourite classical music on her birthday and are waiting for her card to arrive from the Queen.
‘‘Having someone reach that stage with the same physical and emotional ability as Louvain is almost impossible,’’ Tamayo says.
‘‘We want to celebrate her being so perfect.’’
Ms Nolan moved into the retirement home a year ago after living alone in Mt Roskill for many years.
Tamayo has developed a close friendship with her and the pair enjoy visiting New Lynn mall for coffee and cake. ‘‘We had such a wonderful time,’’ Ms Nolan says.
A strong-willed and elegant woman, Ms Nolan still wears heels and regularly has her nails manicured.
She is not one to talk about her past but Tamayo says she devoted her life to helping others and once worked as an administrator at Auckland Hospital.
‘‘She is the kindest of women who always put other first.’’
Born in Auckland in 1915, she grew up in Herne Bay with her mother and five sisters.
‘‘Her mum worked really hard and she has great memories of her mother,’’ Tamayo says.
Ms Nolan never had children but enjoyed looking after others.
‘‘She absolutely loves children and her eyes light up as soon as she sees a child around her,’’ Tamayo says.
She lived in Australia for a while before returning to look after her ailing mother.
Mt Albert resident Louvain Nolan will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 19.