IT’S not often that you still get to enjoy life at the age of 105 having seen so much history and change during your lifetime but Baptistcare Yallambee resident Bea May is an exception to the rule.
The youngest of 10 children, Mrs May was born in Mullewa in 1912 where she spent most of her formative years.
She then moved on to Beverley before eventually settling in the Mundaring area where she became a mother to seven children and a grandmother to many others.
Mrs May recently celebrated her 105th birthday at the Mundaring home with members of her family, fellow residents, staff and a number of the facilities volunteers.
The special tea party featured all the traditional birthday trappings including a delicious sponge cake, balloons, decorations and a plentiful supply of presents.
The appearance of Mrs May’s favourite performer Glen Levi was a highlight for the resident as he sang to Bea and the assembled guests while the participation of her daughter and granddaughter made the day a truly memorable occasion.
According to Mrs May it was a wonderful day that she thoroughly enjoyed.
Her keen mind belies her advanced years, she is still very sociable and is an active participant in activities such as gardening, crafts and bingo, twice a week.
Her fondness for quizzes shines through as does her enthusiasm for musical performances by volunteers and she enjoys speaking to staff, residents and visitors.