Bethanie, Western Australia’s most recognised not-for-profit aged care and retirement living provider was privileged to assist resident Kath Williams celebrate an incredible life milestone – her 100th birthday on Wednesday 2nd October at Bethanie Beachside in Yanchep.
Kath was joined by family and fellow residents and staff for a birthday celebration which coincided with the annual Bethanie Beachside Show Day. Family members spanned four generations, including her great grandson, born this year, one century apart from Kath.
Kath was born in Geraldton on 2nd October 1919, the second daughter of six children to Peter and Grace Roddy. The family moved to Nokaning to farm around the time of the Depression. Kath loved horse riding and helping to move the sheep, and had a lifelong love of all animals, especially her chooks.
Kath married Eddie Williams in 1951, a prisoner of war in Changi and the Burma Railway. They went on to have two sons, Don and Jeff and they enjoyed farm life, playing golf and bowls.
Kath moved to Perth in 1993 to be closer to family and grandchildren. Kath’s late sister Sheila was living in Bethanie Beachside Aged Care Home and Kath eventually joined her, where they shared a room. They enjoyed bowling, paper toll, crossword puzzles, keeping active, eating healthy food and enjoying a cold shandy on a hot day!
To this day Kath loves to garden and cook, and her specialty is cheesecake, trifle and rice salad which she still makes every Christmas.
Bethanie Beachside offers a continuum of care with the Aged Care Home and Retirement Village on the same site.
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