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Toppy at her birthday celebration.

Toppy celebrates 100 years

TOPPY (Elsie) Mitchell was born June 30, 1918 in Kalgoorlie.

In March 1940 she married Len Coe and fell pregnant soon after. 

A mining accident took Len’s life in August, only five months after their wedding and Toppy gave birth to their daughter, Leonie in December of the same year.

She moved in with her sister and family before marrying Len’s best mate Allan Mitchell in February 1942.

Toppy and Allan settled in Carmel in 1944 and bought the Carmel Post Office in 1945. 

Now with three more children, Kenneth, Margaret and Raymond, the family moved to Kalamunda.

Allan passed away in 1995 aged 80. 

At 90, Toppy moved to Walridge Village and in 2012 to Jeremiah Donovan’s Nursing Home, Forrestfield.

Across her 70 years in the City of Kalamunda, Toppy dedicated many hours to the Red Cross and volunteering work at Kalamunda Hospital.

Toppy has 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. 

All generations after Toppy had a daughter as a first-born. 

Toppy celebrated her milestone with staff and volunteers at Donovan’s Nursing Home and with family at a private function. 

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