Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Birthday Girl Marks 100 Years of Laughter

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Birthday Girl Marks 100 Years of Laughter

Article excerpt

LOTS of love, laughter and exercise are the secrets behind Rosewood resident Annie Riley reaching a birthday milestone.

Many people can only dream of reaching 100 but for Mrs Riley that dream became a reality on Saturday.

Early celebrations came on Friday for the loved Cabanda Aged Care resident who reminisced on her centenary with family and friends at the centre.

Mrs Riley, who was born near Oakey into a family of seven sisters and two brothers, grew up in rural towns and attended school until she was 14.

After she turned 14 Mrs Riley had to find full-time employment along with her siblings because their family needed money.

Soon after she moved to Toowoomba where she went and worked at St Vincent's Hospital and helped clean the nuns living quarters.

Mrs Riley shared a room with three other girls and has fond memories of sneaking out at night and stuffing their beds with pillows to avoid being caught.

She stayed at the hospital for 18 months before returning home and later getting married. …

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