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‘Incredible’ Brisbane Catholic mother turns 105

Ruby Duffell

LAUGHTER has proven to be the best and only medicine for Ruby Duffell and possibly the reason she’s made it to her 105th birthday. The mother-of-three from Brisbane turned 105 on July 3 at her home in Villa Maria, Fortitude Valley, where she’s lived for nearly a decade. Remarkably, Ruby doesn’t take any medication, not even the suggestion from doctors ... Read More »

Faith in God is Vera Acres’ secret to seeing out 100 years

Vera and family

BELIEVING in God is the reason Catholic mother-of-three Vera Acres has entered Brisbane’s 100-plus club. The former parishioner from St Luke’s in Buranda for 65 years said God had been good to her for the past 100 years “otherwise I don’t think I’d be alive now”. “Everybody asks me what the secret is, but there’s no secret,” Mrs Acres said. ... Read More »

105-year-old woman still alive because ‘God’s waiting room is full’

Margherita Vitanza

WORKING hard and avoiding chocolate are the secrets to a long life, according to a St Vincent’s Care Services Kangaroo Point resident Margherita Vitanza who turned a remarkable 105 years last month. Mrs Vitanza celebrated her 105th birthday on September 22 with a birthday morning tea, surrounded by friends and family, including her son Vince Vitanza. “Everybody loves my mother,” ... Read More »

Father of Townsville diocese administrator wished for a Mass on his 100th birthday

Colin Lowcock

COLIN Lowcock’s wish for his 100th birthday was to celebrate Mass with his family and friends – and that’s just what he did. His son Fr Mick Lowcock, who is Townsville diocese’s administrator, celebrated Mass, and Colin’s other three children – Janice Weaver, Colleen Lowcock and Mercy Sister Mary Lowcock – were there, along with Janice’s four children and grandchild. ... Read More »

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