Joyce must have been a very popular name 100 years ago. Three of four residents, who recently celebrated their 100th birthday at Anglicare Goodhew Gardens aged care home share the same first name.
It was an afternoon full of laughter and goodwill at the Goodhew Gardens party for Joyce Roberts, Joyce Edwards, Joyce Bower and Winifred Gaston.
Goodhew Gardens, which is part of Anglicare's Woolooware Shores retirement living village, has 123 residents.
Residents were joined by staff and families for the celebration in the chapel, filled with balloons, flowers and glittering decorations, sharing cake, afternoon tea and champagne.
Joyce Roberts: Born June 8, 1921 at home in Bexley. "Love came to me when I met Colin, we met walking home from work when I was about 15. We married on October 14, 1944 and had two children, Rae and Kerrie. My hobbies included sewing, knitting, and reading. I describe myself as quiet and reserved, and my life has been very good. My advice is take life as it comes."
Joyce Bower: Born July 29, 1921 in Stanmore. "I was an only child. I have two children; John and Julie. We had many memorable family holidays together. I used to love playing tennis, golf and bowls. I hope I made a difference in this world by simply just being here.
Joyce Edwards: Born June 21, 1921 in the family home in Bargo. "I was the second child of 8... Love came when I met George, my husband of 70 years. We travelled overseas and loved taking the family to beach resorts. I love sports, flowers, reading and being social. My favourite saying is 'Have a good day'.
Winifred Gaston: Born May 14, 1921 in Scarborough Hospital. "I was number 7 of 11 children. I grew up in Mortdale in a wonderful organised chaos. I married John and we had two sons, Alan and Dennis. My interests and hobbies are golf, tennis and squash. My favourite saying is 'When you are 16 your parents know nothing, but when you turn 25 you are surprised at how much they learnt in 9 years.'
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