Edna Marshall celebrates her 100th birthday in style at Peregian Springs Golf Club.
Edna Marshall celebrates her 100th birthday in style at Peregian Springs Golf Club. Geoff Potter

Royal occasion for Edna

EAT a daily breakfast of papaw, banana and bran and you could live to be 100.

That is Edna Marshall's breakfast routine, and the elegant lady celebrated her 100th birthday recently looking like a sprightly 75-year-old.

In a pale green three-piece suit, and with perfectly coiffed hair, Edna looked as regal as the Queen at the Peregian Golf Club, where she commemorated her milestone surrounded by family and friends.

Letters from the Queen, the Prime Minister and local politicians vied for pride of place among dozens of cards, flowers and congratulatory messages.

"I just keep going on," Edna said when asked her secret to such impressive longevity. "I eat very well, no rubbish. I knit, I read, I crochet."

A popular and active resident of Laguna Estate Retirement Village, Edna, who was born in Southport and lived much of her life in Mooloolah, was married for almost 60 years before she was widowed.

She will not leave her room in the retirement village without her make-up on and her hair and clothes in good order.

She shares the same doctor as another Laguna resident, George Burtenshaw, who is soon to celebrate his 101st birthday, and they joke that their doctor is obviously "doing some good".

As the large crowd of family and friends partied around her with champagne and sandwiches, Edna sat serenely smiling at all the attention.

"I'm not really used to all this palaver," she said.


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