100 candles on this birthday girl’s cake

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Elizabeth Hammer (Okeefe) is surrounded by her children Prue Taylor, Chris Hammer, Sue Hammer and Pixie Rijkuris at her milestone 100th birthday on Tuesday.
Camera IconElizabeth Hammer (Okeefe) is surrounded by her children Prue Taylor, Chris Hammer, Sue Hammer and Pixie Rijkuris at her milestone 100th birthday on Tuesday. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

Elizabeth Hammer was surrounded by her family and friends to celebrate her 100th birthday at Bethanie Elenora, South Bunbury on Tuesday.

Mrs Hammer (nee Okeefe) was thrilled to make the major milestone. “I am so glad,” she said.

Mrs Hammer’s daughter Pixie Rijkuris said it was special to be a part of the momentous occasion for her mother.

“It is pretty special, not many people make it to 100,” she said.

Ms Rijkuris said her mother has spent majority of her life living in the South West.

“Mum grew up in Pemberton and later on she lived in Northam, Woodridge, Albany and the last 20 years in Bunbury,” Mrs Rijkuris said.

Elizabeth’s granddaughter Jacqueline Meek said she loved hearing her grandmother tell her stories of when she was younger.

“It’s just great and she was a great granny because she was always telling stories, she has so much knowledge and created great imaginations,” Ms Meek said.

“And she still remembers a lot of the past rather the the more recent things.”

Elizabeth has more than 60 family members — five children, 20 grand children, 31 great grand children and seven great, great grand children.

Family and friends joined her to mark the occasion over a cuppa and afternoon tea.

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