Edna Robinson celebrated her full and active life when she turned 100 recently.
A resident of Mary Andrews Village, South Hurstville, Mrs Robinson was born on February 9, 1917 at Murrundi in the Hunter Valley.
She grew up with two sisters, Joan and Merle. She described her parents Roy and Phyllis as good, caring people with a good sense of humour.
“Home life was calm and my mother, Phyllis made sure we all had chores to do,” she said.
“My father, Roy, worked on the railways and I recall him being at Penshurst and Mortlake stations after we had moved from the country to Hurstville.”
“I used to walk to school and I was a school prefect and one of my job was ringing the school bell.
“I have always been active, and growing up I enjoyed swimming and tennis. Later in life I enjoyed playing bowls.
“In my quieter moments I have knitted, crocheted and embroidered.
“I also played the piano and would always play when we had visitors.
“Love came when I met my husband. John was such a handsome man and together we had our own family of two boys, Peter and Robert.”
“My family was always the most important people in my life.”
After her husband died, Mrs Robinson moved in with her sister who had also been widowed.
“I have had a wonderful life and I can’t say it’s been really difficult or hard,” Mrs Robinson said.
“I would describe my life as happy, sad, busy and interesting.
“I try to be accepting of situations and get on with things.
“Right now I want to say busy and active. I’ve always had a full and active life and I want it to stay just that way.”