SITTING elegantly on her veranda, you would never guess Evelyn May Miller – who is known to friends and family as 'May' – had been on this planet for more than a century.
But yesterday was May's 102nd birthday.
Spritely and articulate, May's friends and family describe her as 'one of the greatest women of all time', and listening to her life stories, you can understand why.
Moving to Woolgoolga in 1945, May certainly kept herself busy.
Her family alone is an achievement – May has three children, 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 22 great, great grandchildren and with a great, great, great grandchild on the way.
But May was also instrumental in bringing the first ambulance to Woolgoolga, helped established Meals On Wheels in the area, was a girl guides commissioner and – in her eighties – completed a woodworking course at TAFE, before signing up for bricklaying.
“I used to teach the first-aid courses at the school, and we would to do cake stalls and raffles to raise money. We started up the ambulance for just 18 shillings and 6 pence (less than $2).”
She is a member of the RSL, Probus and was recently named Senior of the Year by the Woolgoolga Seniors' Centre.
May's passion is lawn bowls, and was the first woman in New South Wales to have a green named after her – the May Miller Green at the Woolgoolga Bowling Club.
And although she isn't allowed on the green with her walker, she still plays indoor bowls to this day. “I love my bowls,” she said.
May denies any secret to her long-lasting good health, and attributes her longevity to 'the good Lord above', and hard work.
“It's a matter for the Lord above how long he leaves you. And plenty of hard work.”
May celebrated with her family last night at the Woolgoolga Bowling Club.