Mercy Place Edgewater resident Bonnie Bartlett turned 100 years old on Tuesday 5 June, surrounded by family and friends who expressed the centenarian still has a sense of humour and a wonderful heart.
In a century that has seen two World Wars, the landing of the man on the moon, and a myriad of world-shaping events, Mrs Bartlett credits her longevity down to not drinking or smoking.
Mrs Bartlett is a born and bred West Australian, having entered the world in its most isolated city where she spent most of her life in various outer suburbs of Perth, including Subiaco and Manning.
She worked as a seamstress for many years upon completing her education at Subiaco Primary School.
Mrs Bartlett met her husband Vic Bartlett through her brothers who the latter shared close friendships with. The couple fell in love, got married during WWII on 15 September 1942, and went on to have three children.
She kept fit by playing sports, particularly bowls, in which she excelled and won numerous trophies.
Mercy Place Edgewater Service Manager Helen Fullarton said Mrs Bartlett is an inspiring lady whose family remain dedicated to her.
“Everyone at Mercy Place Edgewater likes and respects Bonnie very much and we’re all delighted that she has reached this major milestone; we’ll be making a big fuss of her on her birthday,” she said.
“Maintaining good health throughout life is a key factor when it comes to ageing well, but things like staying engaged within the community and maintaining relationships with family and friends are just as important to positive ageing, which we place a strong emphasis on at Mercy Place Edgewater.”
Mrs Bartlett celebrated her 100th birthday with her family, which included her three children Doug, Ray and Margaret – as well as her five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Mercy Health is a Catholic national service provider of health and aged care, founded by the Sisters of Mercy.
In WA, the not-for-profit organisation cares for more than 300 people across six residential homes, with 78 independent living units.