On Thursday 30th May 2019, Monica Stretch celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and the Arcare Knox community.
The lifestyle team organised an intimate birthday party for Monica to enjoy with her nearest and dearest. A delicious cream cake was served up to Monica, as everyone gathered around to sing her ‘Happy Birthday’.
Monica’s daughter, Nola said, “We have the big family get together on the weekend, but it has been wonderful for Mum to celebrate with her friends here.”
Monica was born on 30th May 1919 and is one of four children. Monica grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic School in Brunswick.
Over the span of her life, Monica has worked as a tea lady, in the woollen mills and as a proud mother.
Monica says her biggest enjoyments are: a ‘good’ cup of tea, her family and of course, watching the Collingwood Magpies play a game of AFL footy.
Monica received a letter from Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, the governor of Victoria and the local MP congratulating her on this milestone birthday.
Monica and her daughter, Nola were so excited to received the momentous letter, that they were having it framed to display in Monica’s suite.
Lifestyle team member joked during the party, “I have already gotten an invite from Monica for her 101st birthday!” Monica adding, “I’ll be here next year!”