Dorothy Rhodes celebrated her 103rd birthday at Beechwood Aged Care with Revesby Public School students.
BORN in 1914, just three months into the First World War, Dorothy Isabel Rhodes at 103, has had a long and interesting life.
Dorothy was one of 10 siblings who grew up in Goulburn before her marriage to Cecil "Johno" Rhodes in 1937 and settling in Sydney. Her only child, 79-year-old Jennifer Roberts, celebrated the Beechworth Aged Care resident's 103rd birthday on November 18 with 16 family members at the St George Motorboat Club.
"She's had an eventful life and travelled a lot," Mrs Roberts said.
"She worked at one time in the famous Black and White Milk Bar in Martin Place, before becoming a nurse, and eventually a matron at the Deaf School in City Road, Newtown."
After the death of her husband in 1966, Dorothy lived in Marrickville before moving into a retirement village at Peakhurst. She moved into Beechwood at Revesby, at the age of 99 years, five years ago.
Dorothy, who has three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, says the recipe to a long life is eating well and plenty of exercise.