Thornhill Manor’s first centenarian

There was great cause for celebration at Thornhill Manor retirement village on Saturday, September 14, when, for the first time, a resident turned 100!

Phyllis Emett’s centenary was celebrated in the company of family and friends. The day before her birthday, the village’s management team popped in to drop off a pretty pot plant, chocolates and a special birthday card.

The centenarian has two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She and husband Denzel married in 1944. They lived in Johannesburg, where Phyllis enjoyed bridge and books, before moving to Thornhill Manor in 2003. Sadly, after 64 years of marriage, Denzel passed away in 2008.

Phyllis still lives in the cottage they shared, where she is helped by her amazing carers. More often than not, she can be found enjoying a good book.

 Thornhill Manor’s first centenarian, Phyllis Emett, with Complex Manager Esme Erasmus.

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