Thursday, 12 April 2018

101 years of bright smiles


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.

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