Congratulations to our client Dulcie Holmberg on joining the 100 Club. Dulcie celebrated her 100th birthday on 6 June.
Born 6 June, 1917
Dulcie Holmberg, Bolton Clarke At Home Support client, received visitors on her 100th birthday in the small louvred sunroom where she spends much of her time these days, at the rear of the neat Banyo home she and her husband Charles built more than 60 years ago, about 12km from Brisbane’s CBD.
“I lived with my mother during the war, but when it was over Mum said I had to find somewhere to live.
“We decided we would build a house and this is where we ended up. There was hardly anybody here – everybody said ‘Fancy going down to bushy old Banyo’.”
Dulcie, whose parents moved their five children to Brisbane from Maryborough, met Charles as they both made their way to the station to catch the train to work.
“We lived in Ivo St and he lived in Nellie St, and we met going backwards and forwards as our paths crossed on the way to the station.”
She worked as a packer at a laundry in Fortitude Valley, while he worked in the city. Dulcie married at 22 and she and Charles, a RAAF veteran, spent more than 70 years together before his death in 2010. They raised a daughter, Beverley, and have grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Brisbane and the United States.
The pair were keen tennis players and in retirement enjoyed going to lunch at Kedron Wavell RSL Club. These days, Dulcie still keeps her home as neat as a pin and does her own washing.
“It’s not hard these days when all you do is put it in a machine and press the button,” she says.
She enjoys spending time in her sunroom reading and doing crosswords, and takes a weekly shopping trip. Her family says longevity is in her genes – her mother lived to 101 and 10 months, and her youngest sister is 95.
Bolton Clarke supports Dulcie to stay at home with fortnightly help around the house, which usually includes a cup of tea and a chat with care worker Karen Harrison.
She celebrated her birthday with a house full of friends and relatives who came from as far as the United States to mark the day, along with plenty of flowers, cards and cake.
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