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100-year-old Advice From Mrs Young

on the Friday, May 6, 2022

On 21 April, resident, Mrs Margaret Young, celebrates her 100th birthday with family at leafy Resthaven Leabrook. Mrs Young was born in the Memorial Hospital in Adelaide in 1922.

"I grew up with three brothers and one sister, and my father was a doctor."

She enjoyed school, excelling in her English studies.

"I graduated high school with Leading Honours - a big deal for my family and I at the time."

However, English was not the only subject Mrs Young mastered throughout her life.

"After school, I took a year off to spend at home, helping my mother around the house.

"I then went to Adelaide University to study Physiotherapy, which I practised part-time, until I was about 50. I enjoyed this career very much and can still remember some remedial exercises."

When Margaret was 23, she met her late husband, Mr Philip Young.

"Phil and I married the day the war ended in 1945, at St Andrew’s Church in Walkerville."

Philip was an Agricultural Scientist and had important work to do after World War II.

"People all over the world were struggling to find food, particularly fresh, healthy ingredients. Phil travelled across South Australia, assisting farmers to increase their production."

"He was gone for six weeks at a time, leaving me with the children when they were quite young. It was a busy time for all of us, but I enjoyed cooking and cleaning for our children, Philip, David and Briony."

As Mrs Young reaches her milestone birthday, she shares with us, "Always look out for those you love – that is the only thing that really matters in life."

Many happy returns, Mrs Young!

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