Manawatu Guardian - 2021-11-25


101 is just a number to Daisy


Having celebrated her 100th birthday in February 2020 with not one but two parties, Willard Home resident Daisy York can be forgiven for being a bit blasé about turning 101 in these restricted times. She was grateful she was ableto celebrate her 100th birthday before the first lock down. Daisy was born in Sheffield in 1920 and moved with her family to New Zealand after WWII. The family travelled here on an assisted passage when Daisy was three years old. Daisy has since spent more than 90 years in Palmerston North. Daisy met and married Jim in Palmerston North and they had daughter Gail. Jim later went off to war. “I traveled around on a bicycle in those days,” she remembers. That changed when Daisy met her partner Des with whom she spent the next 37 years. She learnt to drive and only stopped when her eyesight began to fail at the age of 95. Daisy lived alone for six years after Des passed away and chose to move to Willard in 2015. Daisy has had Christian faith for more than 40 years and has found that comforting in her life. A hobby that she has been able to keep is reading, thanks to her Kindle. “My eyes are getting worse but I’m going to keep reading for as long as I can,” says Daisy. At Willard Home Daisy feels she is well looked after and has plenty to keep her active. She enjoys the friendliness of both the staff and the residents. Enliven’s Willard Home in Palmerston North offers rest home and short-term respite care. To learn more visit nz or call 06 357 6959.


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