TWO Mornington Peninsula centenarians celebrated their 100th birthdays in style with family and friends last week.
Elaine Wills, who lives at the Mornington Bay Care Community, Mount Martha, enjoyed the occasion over lunch at Steeples restaurant with about 30 family members from all over Australia and friends.
Willis moved to Mount Martha at 97, but before that lived in the Caulfield/Balaclava area with her husband and four children.
Now with six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, the former home economics teacher said the secret to her youthful looks and longevity was eating “good healthy food”.
“I have had a fortunate life, I’m very lucky,” she said.
Just up the road at the Village Glen, Rosebud, Kathleen Eldridge also celebrated turning 100.
Born in Swan Hill, she was the second eldest of five children and had two brothers and two sisters)
She married her late husband Alfred in 1948 and moved to Clayton. The couple had three children – twin boys Trevor and Noel in 1951, and a daughter, Denise, in 1957.
In later years Eldridge moved to Somerville to live with Denise and has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Village Glen lifestyle team leader Julie Haigh said Eldridge was a much-loved resident who adored her family and spent her days reading romance novels or watching old movies, in particular musicals starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald.