Gladys McClymont, a resident of St Andrews in Ballina, turned 102 on February 24.
Gladys McClymont, a resident of St Andrews in Ballina, turned 102 on February 24.

Gladys turns 102

GLADYS McCLYMONT complained about her shoes.

The rubber soles provided too much grip, and she couldn’t dance as well as she wanted to.

And she wanted to dance because it was her birthday.

Gladys turned 102 last Wednesday.

She said she had always loved to dance, and wanted her shoes to be a bit more slippery to allow her to waltz around the floor at St Andrew’s nursing home in Ballina, where she has lived for the past 18 months.

“The shoes wouldn’t move,” she said.

“The soles stuck to the floor.

“I love dancing, but I don’t know how I went today (on her birthday).”

Everyone at the party thought she danced exceptionally well considering her age.

One of her sons, Gordon, played the accordion for his mum to trip the light fantastic.

Gladys is the aged-care facility’s oldest resident, and could well be the oldest resident in Ballina Shire.

She said she couldn’t explain her longevity, but the country air and an occasional scotch might have had something to do with it.

Gladys was also a good runner in her youth.

While there have been so many changes in the world during Gladys' lifetime, she said she didn’t mind seeing the changes.

Gladys was born Gladys Woods in Kyogle and lived all her life around Lismore.

She and her late husband Roy lived on dairy farms before moving into Lismore in the 1950s when Roy got a job with Lismore council.

Gladys lived in her own home in Lismore right up to the age of 100.

The couple had 10 children – five boys and five girls – and the eight surviving siblings attended her birthday party.

All up, Gladys has 273 descendants.

Family and friends from as far away as Melbourne, Canberra, Hervey Bay and Townsville attended her party last week.



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