Joyce Morley celebrates turning 100

Joyce Morley was born during World War I, married her husband during World War II and this week celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ms Morley lives in Carrington’s Mary MacKillop aged care facility and the staff put on a party to acknowledge the milestone.

Her son, Terry Morley said Ms Morley had a “tremendous” day surrounded by her family and friends.

Mr Morley said his mother’s attitude of “taking things as they come” had helped her reach 100.

“Mum was not one who worried or stressed,” he said. “She rolled with the punches and took everything life threw at her in her stride.”

Mr Morley said his mother’s proudest accomplishment were having a long, good marriage and her extended family.

“The life mum had was totally different to what mothers and wives have now,” Mr Morley said.

“She was always at home, she was the stable rock of the home for our family.”

Ms Morley was born on June 14, 1917 in Rutherglen, Victoria. She was one of seven children born to Robert and Ruby Kelly.

She finished school in year 9 at age 15 and worked as a housekeeper and waitress around Rutherglen.

Ms Morley met her husband Russell Arthur Morley and they married May 1, 1941 when she was 24 years old.

Hr husband was called up into the army after the bombing of Darwin in February 1942 for three years.

After the war, the couple had their first daughter Jeanette in 1946. They moved to Griffith before moving to Grenfell to manage a country shoe store branch.

Her son Terry was born in 1954 and the couple was involved in the local RSL club, Legacy, church and enjoyed regular card nights with friends.

Her husband died in July 1998 and Mrs Morley lived in the family home at Grenfell until 2010.

At 93, Ms Morley moved to the Mary MacKillop facility to be closer to her son.

Ms Morley has two children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She enjoys reading, knitting, watching television and completing crosswords - although she now admits her eye sight is fading, her fingers are no longer nimble, and she can not hear the television and crossword clues contain computer jargon, which stumps her.

She does looks forward to when the ice cream trolley rolls around.


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