Supercentenarian’s walking wish
At 110, Thelma McLeod’s birthday wish is to get back to the activity that has kept her so young — walking.
“She was very active when she was younger. She would go on a lot of walks,” her granddaughter Bernadette McCarthy said.
Mrs McLeod joined an exclusive club yesterday, becoming one of a few supercentenarians in WA. She could not put her finger on why she has lived for so long. “I don’t know, I just keep on going,” she said. “I would really like to walk again.”
Mrs McCarthy said her grandmother cooked all her own food and made her own clothes.
Mrs McLeod was born in Coolgardie and lived in Claremont for most of her life.
She moved to Bethanie Group’s Wearne Cottesloe aged- care facility 15 years ago and has had two hip replacements since.
“We didn’t think she was going to make it through the last one (in 2015) but she’s still going,” her son John McLeod said.
She is a grandmother of five and great-grandmother of nine and is in amazingly good health for her age.
The oldest known West Australian is Margaret Vivian, who turns 111 this month.
Thelma McLeod celebrates her birthday with great-grandchildren Ivy and Alba Lancaster. Picture: Steve Ferrier