Aunty Dinah an inspirer at 100

2018-04-24 06:01
Aunty Dinah prays just before lunch at her birthday party at the Kensington Home for the Aged last Monday. Her niece, Doris Klink (90), looks on. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Aunty Dinah prays just before lunch at her birthday party at the Kensington Home for the Aged last Monday. Her niece, Doris Klink (90), looks on. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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Meet Dinah Fourie (100), popularly known as Aunty Dinah, the oldest living resident of the Kensington Home for the Aged and a great inspiration to fellow residents.

“She’s absolutely an inspiration to others in the home – she prays every morning,” says Father Charles Blows, manager of the home.

He says Aunty Dinah, a staunch churchgoer, has been at the home for about 40 years and is loved by her fellow residents. “Even at her home she set a very high standard of living and communicated with everybody,” says Blows.

Even her daughter, Dinah Phillips (73), is in awe of her.

“She is still active – she’s not on crutches like me. With God’s will I will get to that age too,” she says. She describes her mother as very caring, adding that it is a privilege to have a 100-year-old mother.

Aunty Dinah, who grew up in Greyton in the Overberg before moving to Kensington more than two decades ago, turned 100 years old on Monday last week, to much celebration­.

Her birthday party at the old age home was well attended by her family and friends.

It was clear during People’s Post’s visit that Aunty Dinah is still full of energy as she posed for photographs with her family. She did however jokingly express irritation at being photographed. “I’m going to have nightmares tonight,” she said before sitting down and fixing her eyes on her birthday card, notably without the help of reading glasses or family.

Asked how she felt about reaching such a milestone, all she said was: “I feel fine.”

According to Father Blows, Aunty Dinah surprised everyone when she was asked to address people at a gathering the following day. “She could even remember her doctor’s name, Dr Clark, who treated her when she was out in Greyton,” says Blows.

He says she remembered that when her father died, she had to look after the family. “She is a very good woman. Even though she suffered under apartheid, she never held any grudge,” says Blows.

Kieran Torode (22) congratulated his great-grandmother on her achievement.

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