Happy birthday: Sarah Grace Nickols celebrated her 100th birthday this week in the company of family and friends.
Happy birthday: Sarah Grace Nickols celebrated her 100th birthday this week in the company of family and friends. Nigel and Sandra Kilpatrick

Hervey Bay woman turns 100

HER ACTIVE lifestyle may well have played a part in what has been keeping Sarah Grace Nickols going strong for more than 100 years.

The Hervey Bay woman, who now lives in Fairhaven Aged Care facility, celebrated her 100th birthday this week in the company of friends and family.

She was born in Maryborough on October 26, 1910.

She worked for a brief time in Kingaroy but returned to the Fraser Coast where she worked in the Coffee Palace, opposite the railway in Maryborough.

She married Victor and they moved to Ghost Hill where they lived on a farm and raised four children.

Sarah and Victor read the Chronicle every day and after his death in 1993 Sarah kept on subscribing.

She especially enjoys reading the joke of the day and the opinion page.

Sarah had been subscribing to the Chronicle for more than 76 years when she entered Fairhaven.

It wasn’t an easy life on the farm, Sarah’s daughter Elsie Whitaker remembers. The family had cattle and grew cane and Sarah worked hard to help make the farm a success.

“She used to cut and load cane and milk the cows,” Elsie said.

“The doctor said she’s got a strong heart.”

Elsie and Sarah’s three other children, Beverly, Victor and Violet, all live locally and visit Sarah regularly.



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