Elsie shares 100th with family, friends
SURROUNDED by friends and family, Mrs Elise Menadue celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.
Mrs Menadue was born in Warwick, Queensland in 1906, when Australia's population was around four million and horse and sulky was a common form of transport. It was the year Poseidon won the Melbourne Cup, and a massive earthquake hit California.
The youngest of eight children, Mrs Menadue showed a flair for fashion design at an early age and opened a design and dressmaking business with a close friend.
She married Henry Menadue when she was 24 years old and they lived in Brisbane, often holding musical evenings where Mrs Menadue played the piano as her husband sang.
The couple had a full life playing golf, gardening, socialising and spending time with her sister's six children whom she regards as her own.
Mrs Menadue has travelled extensively, including a memorable ninemonth tour through Europe and America, a motoring trip of the South Island of New Zealand and trips to Hong Kong and Tasmania.
Now living at Ocean View Assisted Living Community at Banora Point, Mrs Menadue has the honour of being its most senior resident.
Community manager, Libby Holcomb said everyone at Ocean View was delighted to share Mrs Menadue's truly special day as it is a significant milestone.
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