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Wyn's milestone

Wyn Jefferies celebrated her 100th birthday at The Dougherty Villa in the company of family and friends yesterday.
Wyn Jefferies celebrated her 100th birthday at The Dougherty Villa in the company of family and friends yesterday. JoJo Newby

WHEN Wyn Jeffries was born, Grafton had just got its first school.

Wyn, along with Grafton High School, turned one hundred in 2012.

"Lots of things have changed, I can go back a long way," said Wyn when asked about some of the changes she had seen.

For a centurion, Wyn was surprisingly sharp and even spritely on her big day.

When asked about turning 100, Wyn replied, "So they tell me".

Staff at Dougherty Villa, along with family and friends, woke Wyn early to celebrate the big day.

"It's been a very big day, everything is at fever pitch," said Wyn

"They came into my room at first light to wake me up."

Wyn grew up on a grazing property near Ulmarra where she spent most of her life.

"I only moved to Grafton to retire," she said.

She received the customary letter from the Queen to acknowledge reaching 100 years of age.

"I got a whole lot of letters, my daughter is holding on to them for safe keeping."

To celebrate this milestone a party was thrown at the Dougherty Villa where Wynn now resides.

More than 70 people turned out to help Wyn celebrate reaching an age that just 0.01% of us can hope to reach.

Family and friends shared a meal, listened to a live jazz saxophonist and, of course, cut the cake.

Wyn is the matriarch of a four-generational family.

"I have three children, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren," Wyn said with a proud smile.

"I think I have lived through the best years.

"I have seen so many wonderful things," she said with a glint in her eye.

Topics:  100th birthday, milestone



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