MILDRED Archer turns 100 soon and there is nothing she likes better than to do lunch with family members.
The Wellington Park Private Care resident has a happy outlook on life and makes a point of remembering the birthdays of friends and relatives.
Mildred Iona Archer was born in Roma on March 23, 1919.
Niece Valerie Nason said her dad, Charles MacIntyre Nason, managed a property called Brucedale
When she was about 12, Mildred and her older brother D'Arcy were sent to live with their grandfather, William Augustus Nason, of Auchenflower, Brisbane, to be educated at Toowong State School.
About 1935, the family of Charles MacIntyre and Ethel Sarah Naomi Nason moved to Wynnum, settling on Chestnut Street, and remaining there for 35 years.
Ms Nason said Charles and Ethel Sarah Naomi had four children - D'Arcy, Mildred, Fletcher and Una.
"During WWII Mildred joined the WAAF, receiving her training at Sandgate, then being posted to Brisbane," Ms Nason said.
"This allowed her to have a lively social life, in view of the number of Australian and US defence personnel posted here. She has some amusing stories to tell about those days."
Meanwhile, Mildred's teenage sweetheart - Phillip Poole - was serving overseas. He returned to Wynnum close to the end of the war and he and Mildred married within a week, on August 5, 1944.
The couple lived at Rosewood, south-west of Brisbane for two years. They went to Sydney for a holiday and that led to a permanent move to the big smoke.
Mildred remained in Sydney for 40 years. Her sister Una and family also lived there.
After her first husband died, she married Fred Quinnel in 1980. After he died, she married for a third time in 1990 to Norman Archer and moved back to Wynnum.
After Norman passed away in 2011, Mildred remained in their Blackwood Road home for a few years before moving to Wellington Park Private Care.
"While the idea of being grateful is a popular social media theme, Mildred had it mastered many years ago," Ms Nason said. "Her appreciation and gratefulness for all the good things in her life, is her touchstone."
"Mildred has always been active within the Christian Science Community and she credits her loving attitude to her experiences within the church.
"...Where once her hobbies were playing the organ, cooking and travelling with her husbands or with her sister, Mildred now enjoys watching TV, chatting on the phone and especially doing lunch with nieces, nephews and other family members."
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