101 years of bright smiles

Kitty Venn with Staff Nurse Tondani Mudau and Matron Avril Maltman.

Ron Smith Care Centre resident Kitty Venn turned 101 on April 5, 2018.

The ever-smiling birthday girl was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, birthday greetings and special wishes from fellow residents and staff of the Rand Aid Association-run care centre.

A tennis player until shortly before she turned 80, Kitty lived independently until she was 98 when a fall and subsequent hip replacement necessitated her move to the care centre.

Born Doreen Ruby Mole in 1917 in Swakopmund, South West Africa, she was the fourth child in a family of 12 children.

She and husband Oliver had four children, 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Kitty still enjoys frequent walks – albeit it with a walker.

“She is an amazing lady with a smile that just lights up and encompasses all those in her presence,” says Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s Manager: Recreational Programmes.


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