Bec and Sam Surmon give their great-grandmother Eda Milton a big kiss on her 102nd birthday.
Bec and Sam Surmon give their great-grandmother Eda Milton a big kiss on her 102nd birthday. MAX FLEET

Toast to a long life

EDALINE Milton celebrated her 102nd birthday with a few of her favourite treats yesterday — a plate of prawns and a game on the pokies at the Bundaberg RSL.

“I love to have prawns for dinner,” Mrs Milton said.

Reflecting on her life, she said she enjoyed the simple pleasures such as a meal with family or a good book, which meant she was always happy.

She could not stop smiling yesterday, as friends, family and well-wishers gathered to give her a birthday kiss and a her favourite yellow roses.

“It’s been a lovely day. I’m happy that everyone is wishing me happy birthday,” Mrs Milton said.

While the Bendigo-born great-grandmother said she was not as active as last year, she was grateful that her eyesight was still strong.

“I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently; I read anything that has a good plot,” she said.

Her son, Don Milton, said his mother was popular with everyone she met because she was so cheerful.

Mr Milton said she was the lynchpin of a large family, with four sons and numerous grandchildren in Victoria and Queensland.

After living in Victoria nearly all her life, Mrs Milton moved to Bundaberg 15 years ago to be closer to her proud son. She now lives at Millbank Village, in O’Connell Street.

“If she can keep using her legs, I wouldn’t be surprised if she made it to 200 years old,” Mr Milton said.

“Once a week, we go to play the pokies, and it’s very seldom that she comes home not winning.”

Nephew Orm Rowe travelled from Melbourne to be by his aunt’s side as she celebrated her milestone day.

“It’s a special occasion for her,” Mr Rowe said.

“I’m happy I could be here with her.”

Millbank Village care manager Kathryn Pearce said Mrs Milton was always bright and happy.

“All the staff at Millbank wish her a happy birthday,” Ms Pearce said.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she made it to 200 years old.”

Don Milton


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