Eva is astounded at her century of living

Still a keen reader of The Gympie Times, Eva Percival turns 100 today and will celebrate with family and a few friends at Gunable House.
Still a keen reader of The Gympie Times, Eva Percival turns 100 today and will celebrate with family and a few friends at Gunable House. Lee Gailer

CENTENARIAN Eva Percival cannot fathom the fact she turns 100 today.

But her friends at Cooinda Nursing Home where she lives won't let her live it down.

"After midnight you will be 100," the lady in the next room said.

"No I won't," Mrs Percival said incredulously.

The years have flown by and she can't believe how fast. Her 100th birthday has come around suddenly. Asked what it's like to reach the triple-digits in age, Mrs Percival was lost for words.

She feels no different today than she did yesterday.

She has lived through 23 prime ministers, and many more opposition leaders.

Mrs Percival's late husband Horace, known as Charlie, died in 1995. They were married at Chatsworth in January 1930 when the region was in flood. They had three children; Gloria, Lloyd and Robyn.

It was a long time ago, but at some stage the Percivals relocated from the Gympie region to Hervey Bay, where they spent much of their retirement before returning to Gympie's southside due to ill health.

Their eldest daughter Gloria Mahon said her mother was a hard worker and had been all her life.

The Percivals owned three grocery shops in Gympie - at Mt Pleasant, Steward Tce and on Monkland St.

When they didn't own a general store, the Percivals worked their farms to make a living.

Before moving in to Cooinda, Mrs Percival spent more than a year being cared for by her daughter out at Langshaw.

"Mum likes it at Cooinda. There she has the option of joining in the activities, but she would prefer to be on her own," Mrs Mahon said.

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