FROM giving washing machine demonstrations in Myer to raising four children as a single mother, Lola Bradley has done plenty.
On Friday the great great grandmother is celebrating her 100th birthday.
As a resident at Lavington's Southern Cross aged care home Ms Bradley's party will be held in the shadow of COVID-19 restrictions, but for son Warwick Tasker it is a relief to be back seeing his mother.
He went five weeks without visiting her because of the coronavirus lockdown and had to hope his mum, who has dementia, had some comprehension of the seriousness of the situation.
"I explained it to her as a really bad flu when I couldn't visit her at all," Mr Tasker said.
"I think she understood it but she also thinks it's a bit silly."
Ms Bradley told staff she attributed her longevity to being fit and active and happy.
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The sixth of nine children, the young Lola grew up in the Frankston area and served in the Australian Women's Army Service during World War II.
She wed Norman Tasker in 1944 and they had four children - Susan, Sandra, Nola and Warwick - before separating.
"She was one of the early females to have a home loan in her own name because in those days women didn't get home loans," Mr Tasker said.
"She worked full-time and had four kids on her own."
Ms Bradley's jobs included demonstrating washing machines in Myer, at the newly opened Chadstone shopping centre, and beauty work.
In the 1980s she took up art after returning to school for year 12 qualifications.
"She joined a group and ended up a good painter and sold a few and had some exhibitions," Mr Tasker said.
In 2010, Ms Bradley moved to Wodonga from Melbourne to live at the property of her daughter-in-law Janelle and son, who is a chiropractor on the Border.
The grandmother to 35, including three great great offspring, entered her care home in December 2014.
Ms Bradley will be the first centenarian in the history of the 24-bed site in Wagga Road.
Asked how she felt about reaching such a milestone, she said she was very happy but that it didn't feel any different to how she had been before.