Even at 100, Lila is still ready to party

Former Rutherglen resident Lila Govett celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday at Yackandandah’s Yamaroo Hostel. The great grandmother shared the day with her sons George, of Port Douglas, and Denzil, of Wodonga, as well as other family members. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Former Rutherglen resident Lila Govett celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday at Yackandandah’s Yamaroo Hostel. The great grandmother shared the day with her sons George, of Port Douglas, and Denzil, of Wodonga, as well as other family members. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

WITH a glass of champagne in her hand and surrounded by family, Lila Govett was right at home while celebrating her 100th birthday yesterday.

Her family said the Yackandandah Yamaroo Hostel resident’s secret to longevity is her love of a tipple and never knocking back a party.

Mrs Govett was born in Melbourne, where she met her husband George, a prisoner of war during World War II.

The pair married and Mrs Govett stayed home to raise two sons, George and Denzil.

Mr Govett was a bank manager and the family moved around Victoria for a few years before settling in Rutherglen.

After her husband died in 1964, she had to take up work and trained to become a law clerk with Hargraves in Rutherglen.

Denzil yesterday described his mother as a loving and generous woman who was always the life of the party.

“I remember every Friday night she would go to The Star Hotel for a drink with her friends after knocking off work,” he said.

“Even now she’s got a champagne in her hand and she’s smiling and talking to everyone.”

Despite her partying ways, the great grandmother is a picture of good health.

“She’s never been sick, she doesn’t wear glasses, she doesn’t have a hearing aid and she has all her teeth,” Denzil said.

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