Ron Smith Care Centre resident turns 103

Despite the coronavirus lockdown, Ron Smith Care Centre resident Kitty Venn’s 103rd birthday did not slip by unnoticed.

A birthday tea was held on her big day, April 5, 2020, complete with bunches of roses, a birthday banner, balloons and cake. Kitty was also given a beautiful purple orchid, courtesy of Schäffler’s Garden Nursery and Landscaping, which donated some of its flowering plants to the care centre before the lockdown.

Kitty moved into Rand Aid Association’s Elphin Lodge in 2000 after her husband died and 15 years later, in her late 90s, moved to the care centre, which is set in the grounds of Elphin Lodge.

Born Doreen Ruby Mole in 1917 in Swakopmund, South West Africa, Kitty was the fourth of 12 children. She puts her longevity down to a life of happiness, eating everything in moderation, exercise (she played tennis well into her 80s), playing bridge and being blessed with a loving family.

Kitty Venn on her 103rd birthday, surrounded by Ron Smith Care Centre staff members.

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