Menangle resident celebrates 100 years

Milestone birthday: Dorothy Pennell celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, enjoying parties with family and friends.
Milestone birthday: Dorothy Pennell celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, enjoying parties with family and friends.

Saturday was a big day for Menangle's Dorothy Pennell.

The Durham Green resident turned 100 years old on Saturday, November 28 - and the celebration's were a weekend-long affair.

Mrs Pennell had her first party at the retirement village on Friday, followed by a lunch outing with her children on Saturday, then a celebration at her grandson's house on Sunday. Daughter Christine Stewart, of Mount Gilead, said everyone had a great time celebrating her mum's big day.

"It was a lovely celebration," Mrs Stewart said. "The big get together was at my son's house on the 29th, and people were dropping in all day to see her."

Dorothy Muriel Pennell (nee Ireland) was born near Scone in northern NSW in 1920. She was the second youngest in a "very close" family of 10 children.

"Mum grew up in the country and married a chap that was in the Air Force, my dad," Mrs Stewart said. "When I was about 15 months old, the plane he was flying from Sydney to Wagga Wagga disappeared somewhere over the Burragorang Valley. We think the plan crashed, but they never found him - never found anything.

"Now Burragorang Valley is under Warragamba Dam, there's no chance of the plane ever being found."

Mrs Stewart said her mum went on to marry "my stepfather, an absolute angel" and had two more children, Sandra and Thomas Hugh.

"Mum had moved up to work in the city, and my grandmother followed, and we lived at Kingsgrove," Mrs Stewart said. "I grew up with my grandmother, because I was already in school and happy, so when Mum got married again and moved away to Rosebery to have my brother and sister I stayed.

"They lived in Rosebery. They had a successful trucking business, and when Father retired they moved to a villa in Monterey, near Brighton-Le-Sands. They lived there for a good 20 years, before moving to Durham Green three or four years ago. Father died shortly after."

Mrs Stewart said her mother played a lot of tennis and was president of the bowling club in Monterey for a few years before it closed down. Mrs Pennell has nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

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