Centenary Celebrations for our Residents

In the past week three of our lovely residents have celebrated their milestone birthday, reaching 100 years of age. Each facility held a party for the centenarians to show our congratulations.

Living through two World Wars and the Great Depression, May Cooper is the fourth resident in Kurri Kurri Masonic Village’s 20-year history to reach the milestone age. Mrs. Cooper was born in Sydney in 1914, and was one of 10 children. She left school at age 14 to work in a local factory, and at 19 met her husband-to-be. Married for over 60 years, Mrs Cooper moved from Sydney to live with their daughter after Mr. Cooper’s passing. She kept her independence well into her retirement, enjoying sports such as tennis. When looking back on the last century, Mrs. Cooper says she only remembers the good times.




May Cooper admiring her birthday cards, and a special one from Queen Elizabeth.


Clarice Lamont played golf until she was 92 years old, travelled the world and has now added another feat to her life-time achievements, celebrating her 100th birthday. Family members and residents gathered at Leeton Masonic Village (Alf Herrmann Lodge) to celebrate Mrs. Lamont’s special day. Mrs. Lamont moved to Leeton when she was 30 when her family made their home at an orchard, moving to Alf Herrmann Lodge in March 2013. She is known for her sense of humour and story-telling abilities, which she admits can be quite naughty.



Clarice Lamont (centre) blowing out the candles on her golf themed birthday cake.


Evelyn Renshaw is celebrating her 100th birthday with the news that the Coffs Harbour City Council is planning to name a street in honour of her late husband, Arch Renshaw’s, community service. Evelyn was born in Newcastle and moved to Coffs Harbour area in 1945. She worked as a teacher at Coffs Harbour Primary and High schools, was a secretary at the hospital auxiliary for 11 years and has been a part of Girl Guides and a member of the Country Women’s Association. Since moving into Coffs Harbour Masonic Village five years ago, Evelyn has remained involved with many community groups.




The Mayor congratulates Evelyn Renshaw