ANN Williamson has celebrated her centenary birthday.
Mrs Williamson marked her 100th birthday on June 5 with family and friends.
People gathered for the special celebration which included an afternoon tea and a Collingwood-themed birthday cake.
They celebrated the milestone at Havilah Hostel in Maryborough.
While she now lives in Maryborough, Mrs McInnes lived in Stawell for many years.
Mrs Williamson was born in Swan Hill in 1918.
She was the second youngest in her family, with three brothers and two sisters.
After a few years living in Swan Hill, Mrs Williamson and her family moved to Stawell where she attended Concongella School.
When Mrs Williamson left school, she rode her bike everyday into Stawell to her job at the woollen mill.
Mrs Williamson later married Ceril French, more commonly known as Snowy.
They moved to Mount Gambier for a short period together.
They returned to Stawell where Mrs Williamson continued to work at the woollen mill.
They were married for a number of years until he died.
Several years after Mr French’s death, Mrs Williamson became remarried to Hector Williamson.
Mr Williamson died after four years of marriage.
Mr Williamson’s daughter-in-law Kathleen Williamson said Mrs Williamson loved to play bowls with the Stawell Bowling Club.
“She particularly loved playing bowls in the club’s pennant team,” she said.
“She was a beautiful knitter.
“We still wear the jumpers she made.
“She also loved her garden and had a lot of pride in her rose garden.
“Mrs McInnes never had any children, but was close to her nieces and nephews.”
In 2011, Mrs Williamson moved into Eventide Homes in Stawell.
Mrs Williamson then moved to Bendigo for a short time.
She later moved to Havilah aged care in Maryborough, where she currently resides.
Kathleen Williamson said Mrs Williamson was a sprightly lady in her prime.