Family devotion always priority for 103-year-old

CELEBRATING 103 remarkable years on Sunday (March 10), Beechwood Revesby aged care resident Marthe Chasle was reminiscing about a life rich in family devotion.
That dedication began when Marthe, born in Mauritius, left school at an early age to care for her parents, brother and sisters.

She married young and was then blessed with seven children of her own.
“Family always came first,” Marthe recalled.
After her son Luke married and migrated to Australia in 1968, the rest of the family soon followed. Marthe and two of her children were the last to arrive in the country in 1970, with the whole family living together in a unit in Belmore.
When all her children married and settled into their own homes, Marthe rotated herself between the families helping with cooking, cleaning and caring for grandchildren.
“My proudest moments have been attending my family members’ weddings and getting to hold my new grandchildren – of which there are 16 – and my 32 great-grandchildren, and watching them grow up,” she said.
On her secret to a long life, Marthe says it is quite simple.
“Spread the love, always try to be happy, and always eat rice, fresh vegetables and meat to stay healthy,” she shared.
Marthe celebrated her 103rd at the Revesby home, where she has lived for the last five years, with family, friends, residents and staff.