Mavis Turner celebrates 105th birthday

Celebration: Mavis Turner was joined by niece Barb (right), great niece Julie (left) and her great great niece and nephew, Annabelle and Harrison, to celebrate her 105th.
Celebration: Mavis Turner was joined by niece Barb (right), great niece Julie (left) and her great great niece and nephew, Annabelle and Harrison, to celebrate her 105th.

Encounter Bay woman Mavis Turner celebrated her 105th birthday among family and friends at Estia Health on Thursday, June 13.

Mavis had an extra special visit from niece Barb, great niece Julie and her great great niece and nephew Annabelle and Harrison, who she met for the first time. Residents and staff at Estia Health sang happy birthday to Mavis, before sharing in a delicious birthday cake.

Mavis grew up with her mother Laura, father Robert, and eight brothers and sisters on a family farm in Mount Gambier.

Along with helping raise her siblings as the the eldest child, she milked cows and helped with odd jobs alongside her mother. She was always a farm girl, loving every element of the lifestyle. When she got older, she settled in Victor Harbor.

Birthday Girl: Mavis Turner admires her 105th birthday cake.

Birthday Girl: Mavis Turner admires her 105th birthday cake.

Her niece Barb makes the trip over to visit from Mt Gambier when she can and until recently, Mavis was regularly visited by her sister Dorene, who has now passed away. Mavis's great niece Julie, who has recently moved back to Adelaide from the United States said it was great her two kids Annabelle and Harrison finally got to meet "Aunty Mavis."

"It was really nice for the kids," she said. " They don't realise the significance now, but it will be lovely for them to look back on the photos."

Mavis was particularly happy to receive a number of handmade gifts from Annabelle and Harrison, who happily explained their drawings to their great great aunt.

Mavis also loved the chocolate brought along by Barb, who also visited Mavis last year for her 104th birthday.