Encounter Bay woman Gwendoline Dicker (nee McDonald) born June 17, 1919, celebrated her 100th birthday among family and friends at Estia Health this week.
Gwen was joined by her daughter Joan and celebrated in style with other residents, who all enjoyed a delicious birthday cake. Gwen was born in Port Pirie. She moved to Adelaide when she was 20 and worked at a few odd jobs before being employed by the munitions factory at Hendon, making bullets during the war.
She met her husband to be Frank in the early 1940s and they enjoyed many outings on Frank's motorbike, although Gwen would complain about the exhaust burning holes in her stockings. Frank and Gwen married in 1943, before building a house in Flinders Park, where they remained until Frank's passing in 2001.
They had two children John (1944) and Joan (1946) and Gwen remained in her family home until 2014, when she moved into Estia Health at Encounter Bay. Daughter Joan, who lives in Victor Harbor and visits her mum regularly, said Gwen has been well looked after by all the staff at Estia since she arrived.
"She is cared for really well and today was lovely. Mum especially enjoyed the cake that was shared around with the other residents and was delicious," Joan said. Gwen has four grandchildren and seven, loving great grandchildren, who are now adults working or attending university.
Gwen and Frank enjoyed regular tennis matches and were also members of the Riverside Golf Club, playing there for many years.
When Joan and John were young, Gwen and Frank took them on trips around Australia in a caravan and also enjoyed several overseas trips later in life.
Gwen has always been an eager knitter and loving grandmother, who enjoyed taking her grand kids on fun outings.
She was also renowned as a fine cook, producing many spectacular family dinners and lunches with her golfing friends.