A sim­ple cel­e­bra­tion to mark 100th birth­day

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

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.

Photo: ELESHA ED­MONDS

Mt Al­bert res­i­dent Lou­vain Nolan will cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day on May 19.

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