The COVID-19 pandemic was not going to prevent Elizabeth Newson, a much-loved resident at Leisure Lea Gardens, from celebrating her 100th birthday today (1st May).

Elizabeth is well-known at the village for always being immaculately groomed. “She is always beautifully dressed and today she looks particularly elegant,” said sales consultant, Juliet Morrell.

While the planned celebratory Morning Tea with all residents had to be cancelled, Juliet and the staff made sure Elizabeth felt pampered on her special day, presenting her with flowers and a bottle of Moet. When it is safe to do so, a party with fellow residents will be held.

Elizabeth was born in nearby Strathfield on 1st May 1920. She has always lived in Sydney and had a long career as an accomplished Executive Secretary. She never married and only moved into a Supported Living Unit at Leisure Lea Gardens at the age of 97. As a Supported Living resident, she enjoys three meals a day in the dining-room as well as a range of other services, including cleaning and bed-making.

“Elizabeth enjoys knitting and watching TV and also goes out for lunch once a week,” said Juliet. “She is very friendly and is such a pleasure to have in the village.”

Elizabeth received cards from Queen Elizabeth, the Governor-General and NSW Premier and was also able to video-call a friend on the Central Coast via Juliet’s computer. Many happy returns to Elizabeth from everyone at Leisure Lea Gardens and Living Choice!