Gladys the ‘absolute marvel’ celebrates her 103rd birthday
ONE of the region's most precious residents, Gladys Flynn, celebrated yet another birthday, reaching the age of 103 on January 5.
The much-loved resident of St Joseph's Nursing Home in Lismore was joined by her adoring family at an event convened by the caring staff and management and the Mary's Grange Wing, where Gladys has been for almost 15 years.
St Vincent's group chief executive officer Steve Brierley joined family, residents and a large contingent of staff at the function.
He said that Gladys was "an absolute marvel" who continued to inspire everyone who had the pleasure to interact with her within the close knit community.
Gladys arrived from Scotland as a young child. Although she can no longer put her extraordinary sewing and cooking skills to use, she maintains an acute interest in news and current affairs and has a sharp mind on most subjects.
This humble woman considers her strong Catholic faith and occasional indulgence in eating sweets as being the only necessary ingredients for an otherwise simple life.
Although impeded by failing eyesight and reluctant to be thrust into the limelight, this resilient Scottish emigrant said she wanted to acknowledge the many people who offered kind wishes in reaching yet another milestone.