Mom (100) ‘a blessing’

2018-04-24 06:00
Frances Gauntlett (middle) with staff for Constantia Place.

Frances Gauntlett (middle) with staff for Constantia Place.

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A good lifestyle has rewarded Frances Gauntlett from Constantia with a longevity topped with happy family.

She celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday 20 April at the Constantia Place. She is reportedly at a frail care unit but she is still stronger than most people of her age. She has slight sight and hearing difficulties. It is said that she still loves doing things on her own on good days.

Her daughter, Jill Gauntlett, says seeing her mother turn 100-years-old is a blessing to her family. She says her mother is living proof that good diet, hard work, exercise and serving God is beneficial to your lifespan.

She is a mother of two with three granddaughters. Jill says they are originally from Rhodesia and it has always been her mother’s dream to relocate to South Africa and yet they are happy to have been able to give her the kind of life she wanted and she has lived long to enjoy it.

“We were Rhodesians who regularly holidayed in Cape Town. As we passed UCT she would always say ‘you will go there one day’. So it is wonderful and a privilege to have shared her long, energetic and love of life attitude­.”

Lynn Roger, nursing manager at Constantia Place says: “We feel very privileged to have Mrs Gauntlett with us and to celebrate this important milestone with her.”

It was celebrated with a tea party on Friday with all her fellow residents joining in the celebrations.

She says Gauntlett was admitted to Constantia Place in February last year and has clearly been enjoying life in the new home with her new family.

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