Camden resident reaches 100 years

Big day: Camden's Winifred Evans will celebrate her 100th birthday on December 22 surrounded by family and friends at Carrington Aged Care facility. Picture: Chris Lane
Big day: Camden's Winifred Evans will celebrate her 100th birthday on December 22 surrounded by family and friends at Carrington Aged Care facility. Picture: Chris Lane

Winifred Evans likes to keep herself busy and on the December 22 she will be busy celebrating her 100th birthday.

The Camden resident will celebrate the big milestone surrounded by friends and family at Carrington Aged Care Facility.

Mrs Evans said reaching 100 made her feel like “a very old lady”.

“I have lived a happy, busy and interesting life, and I was married to a wonderful man,” she said.

Though she couldn’t quite put her finger on how she reached one hundred years of age.

“You tell me,” she said when asked what her secret to living a long life was.

The centenarian said she didn’t drink or smoke.

Mrs Evans was born at the end of World War I at Forest Lodge in Glebe.

She said being born so close to Christmas during the depression meant that her mother and father would give her a lace hanky for her birthday and another present for Christmas.

As a child she can remember watching the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened in 1933 when she was only 15 years old.

“We lived all over the place,” Mrs Evans said.

“My father worked for the railway so we moved around a lot. I lived in Glebe, Orange, North Sydney, Bathurst and now Camden. I loved seeing different parts of NSW and living in the country.”

Mrs Evans moved to Carrington Aged Care facility in 2010 and enjoys living in Camden.

“It’s very pleasant, I like the countryside,” she said.

Mrs Evans was working in the city at the end of World War II. She said she and some of her friends went dancing in the streets to celebrate when peace was declared.

“The streets were crowded with people dancing and singing together,” she said.

Mrs Evans married her beloved husband John ‘Jack’ Daniel Evans in 1938.

They have one son named Paul.

Mrs Evans is a proud grandmother and great-grandmother to Karen, Craig, Hayden, Liam, Rose and Ruby.

Throughout her life Mrs Evans joined many community groups.

She was an avid member of The View Club for 41 years, during in that time she was the president for many years.

“I made a lot of friendships and had some wonderful times – and we enjoyed lots of weekends away,” she said.

“I used to enjoy gardening.

“I also enjoyed making and decorating wedding and birthday cakes and reading.”