Happiness is the key: Lailie Williams celebrates 100th birthday

While some centenarians put their longevity down to a certain diet or lifelong habit, Cowra resident Lailie Williams says happiness is the secret to a long life.

Mrs Williams celebrates her 100th birthday today but had a luncheon on Sunday with 34 family and friends to mark the milestone. 

Mrs Williams’ daughter, Heather Edwards, says the party was a surprise and her mother enjoyed the day.

“People came from Melbourne, Bombala, Bomaderry and Canberra,” she said.

“It was beautiful, she really enjoyed it when she got over the shock of the surprise. She couldn’t believe it, it was great.

“We had a luncheon and had an afternoon tea and she cut her cake at afternoon tea time.”

Lailie Williams was born on February 12, 1919 just outside of Adaminaby, NSW and was one of eight children.

She attended school in Berridale and Mrs Edwards says her mother helped out around the home in her early years.

“Because she was the second eldest, she helped her mother out at home with the family and then she married,” Mrs Edwards said.

She then married Colin Williams on December 2, 1939 in Berridale before moving onto a property. Mr Williams then served in WWII. They moved to Cowra in 1987.

She has one daughter, three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and she still enjoys her garden.

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