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Thelma McLeod aged 5 at a family wedding in 1912. (Photo: Bethanie)

Bethanie lighting 110 candles to celebrate one remarkable resident

Thelma McLeod has seen a lot in her puff. She has lived through the government of all but three Australian Prime Ministers, 20 US presidents, both World Wars and every single season of professional rugby league. On Monday 13 February 2017, McLeod will blow out 110 candles, marking one of the most incredible innings on record.

Currently a resident at Wearne Cottelsoe, in Western Australia, a facility managed by Bethanie for Curtin Care, McLeod has 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and she still enjoys being up and active everyday, according to facility manager Janeen Karsten.

“Thelma was admitted to Wearne Cottesloe in December 2001 and has been with us for 15 years,” Karsten said. “She had a minor health setback when she had a hip replacement in April 2015 but was up walking again within a few weeks.

“Thelma is a very determined lady and constantly relays how happy she is to be among friends at Bethanie. She is a very independent lady and does not like needing help.  She always has lots of visitors and is always among friends here at Bethanie.  Her son John also visits her nearly everyday.”

Thelma’s son, John McLeod attributed his mother’s longevity to “good nursing and an excellent GP”.

Thelma McLeod bio:

Born in Kalgoorlie on 13 February 1907, she attended school in Subiaco and later Miss Parnell’s School for Girls (renamed St Hilda’s).  She enjoyed tennis and swimming and later dancing, gardening and sewing.  She married Collin McLeod in 1934 and together they experienced the hardship of the Depression years.  A mother of three, Thelma although quietly spoken, possesses a quick wit and a wicked sense of humour.

110 years young! The remarkably spry Thelma McLeod! (Photo: Bethanie)

110 years young! The remarkably spry Thelma McLeod! (Photo: Bethanie)

Thelma (front, second from left) with her family. (Photo: Bethanie)

Thelma (middle of the three children) with her family. (Photo: McLeod Family)

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