Jessie Jones celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday.CASS SAVELLIS March 28, 2014 4:15am
Much-loved Orana nursing home resident Jessie Jones celebrated the big ‘100’ with an afternoon tea party on Wednesday.
About 100 guests — including Orana staff, friends and family — celebrated with hot food, sweets and cupcakes marked with a ‘J’.
Mrs Jones’ family travelled from towns including Melbourne, Yarrawonga and Swan Hill to mark the occasion.
The centenarian said she was overwhelmed by the effort people had put in to making her day special.
‘‘Everyone has been killing me with kindness,’’ she said.
‘‘I knew about the party but didn’t think it was going to be this big!’’
The room was adorned with balloons and flowers in Mrs Jones’ favourite colour pink, while old photos and congratulatory letters from dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, NSW Governor-General Marie Bashir and Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick were on display.
Long-time friends and former neighbours Lyn and Tony Smith have known Mrs Jones since 1970 and have since enjoyed many milestones with her.
‘‘She had an absolutely magnificent day,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘It’s amazing how active she is for being 100 years old; she was up and walking around talking to people, she wouldn’t let people come to her. Thanks go to all of the staff at Orana for the great set-up.’’
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