MILTON resident Maisie Evans celebrated her 102nd birthday on Thursday with friends and family.
The sprightly Mrs Evans is considered to be the oldest woman living in the Milton Ulladulla region and doesn’t seem to be slowing down with her 2014 social calendar already full.
When The Times asked Mrs Evans what her secret was for staying youthful she simply laughed and said there was no secret.
Mrs Evans lives independently with the assistance of Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT)In Home Care, which helps her with chores and shopping visits that she can no longer do on her own.
Debbie Turnbull has been caring for Mrs Evans since 2005 and while sharing tea and scones with the birthday girl said Maisie was an inspiration.
“Turning 102 is a significant milestone and Maisie has achieved this with her usual grace, dignity and demeanour,” Ms Turnbull said.
“She is an exceptional centenarian and maintains an avid interest in current affairs and national sports events.”
Mrs Evans said she has been enjoying watching the Australian Open over the summer and enjoyed her independence.
“I love living by myself. I need help with some things around the house but it’s lovely,” Mrs Evans said.
Mrs Evans was born Maisie Florence Napper in on January 30, 1912 - the same year the Titanic sank.
At 16 Mrs Evans began her career as a seamstress and made hundreds of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and christening gowns for friends and family that are now treasured items.
A gifted piano player, Mrs Evans still plays the church organ at monthly services held at IRT Sarah Claydon despite the fact that she suffers from macular degeneration.
IRT manager Debbie Turnbull praised Mrs Evans for her outstanding abilities and community service.
“All the staff at IRT are privileged to be celebrating Maisie’s exceptional strengths and attributes.
“She is indeed like a very special bottle of vintage red wine - she just gets better with age.”