MILESTONE: Ivy Exoll with great grandchildren Summer and Mattilda Mccabbin.
MILESTONE: Ivy Exoll with great grandchildren Summer and Mattilda Mccabbin. Jacob Wilson

Local Whitsunday stalwart reaches 101 with a smile

LOCAL Whitsunday resident Ivy Exoll has achieved a remarkable feat.

Turning 101 this Thursday, Ivy celebrated the milestone with morning tea at Whitsunday Gold Coffee in Proserpine on Sunday.

The cafe is a favourite of Ivy's, who couldn't think of a better place to celebrate a truly unique experience.

Daughter-in-law Rhonda Exoll said age would never stand in the way of Ivy making the most of her life.

"She has just been such a stalwart really,” she said.

"She complains about getting in the wheelchair because people will think she is an old lady; she wanted to come out on walkers and I said 'no you can't'.

"Obviously she doesn't feel like she is 101 and that is half the battle.”

Despite suffering almost total deafness and blindness, Ivy still never fails to brighten everyone's day with a smile.

Surrounded by family and friends, it is clear Ivy has left a significant mark and touched many people's lives.

Ivy listed a good family life and a healthy lifestyle as the secrets to reaching such an impressive age.

Ivy is well known for her competitive golfing days, during which she won numerous trophies and accolades.

On Thursday, Ivy will officially celebrate her 101st birthday with a morning tea at the retirement home in which she has now been living for three years.

Born and raised in the Whitsundays, Ivy is one of 11 children and has many relatives in the region.


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