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Villa Pelletier Resident Ada Furby turns 109
Posted by on July 25, 2012

Our longest serving resident becomes the oldest living person in Western Australia

Villa Pelletier resident Ada Furby celebrated her 109th birthday with a special celebration at the aged care facility with friends, staff, volunteers and special guests on Monday 23 July

Ada was born England on 22nd July 1903, and lived with her father in the UK following the death of her mother during her childhood years.

Ada arrived in Australia at the age of 20 for a holiday with her father, but became ill in Perth about the time they were due to return to England.  As she was not well enough to travel, her father took her to the Good Shepherd Convent to recuperate and returned to the UK alone. Ada has lived in Australia ever since.

It was life alongside the Sister’s of the Good Shepherd that secured Ada’s reputation as a strong and good natured person.

“Ada stayed in the Home of the Good Shepherd and worked in the Sewing Room from her early 20’s,” said Southern Cross Care’s CEO Stuart Flynn.  “She became an Auxiliary, supporting the Sisters to care for the girls who were in care, and this led her to a role as what is now known as a teachers’ aide, helping educate young women in the art of cooking and cake decorating.”

“She also took up crochet and embroidery work, and won numerous awards for her work at the Royal Perth Show.  Ada continued to crochet until aged 100 when her failing eyesight just made the past time too difficult.”

Having never married, Ada became one of the first residents of Villa Pelletier in 1971 at around 70 years of age. In her typical style, she helped the other ladies to slowly move into the new Hostel and – once fully occupied and staffed - continued her contribution by working in the laundry.

41 years later, Ada remains a much loved member of the Southern Cross Care and Villa Pelletier family.

“Ada is committed to making a difference in her community, and has – up until recently – been involved in many of the activities held at the Villa,” Mr Flynn said.

“She has a generous spirit, but is described as feisty – she just keeps bouncing back from adversity. Our staff, volunteers and her friends are privileged to be able to share her 109th birthday with her.”

“Southern Cross Care has a long and proud tradition of making a significant contribution to the well being and quality of life of older Australians, and Ada Furby is the embodiment of this.”

In addition to the birthday celebrations, Ada received congratulations letters from the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Premier – letters that have been arriving annually for almost a decade.

At 109, Ada is the oldest woman living in Western Australia.  Her wonderful achievement was broadcast on both Channel 9 and 10 News as well as the online 'West Australian'.

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