Mum's going strong, at 105
SHE has knitted clothes for Australian soldiers and even made her daughter's wedding dress from scratch, but yesterday Lillian Reimers reached yet another impressive feat by celebrating her 105th birthday.
Son Geoff Reimers enjoyed the celebrations and said his mother's health was still going strong.
"It's a feat not many achieve - we think it's a great accomplishment," he said.
Mrs Reimers was born in Toowoomba in 1909 and then moved to Goodna with husband Harold and four children - Bryan, Val, Helen and Geoff.
"We had a good upbringing, Mum cared for us and did a lot," Geoff Reimers said.
"She knitted for the army during the Second World War; it was hard for everybody in those times but Mum was always the main carer."
Mr Reimers said he looked back fondly on the evenings spent playing board games with his mother who maintained many hobbies during his childhood.
"Mum played a lot of tennis, that was one of her main passions," he said.
"She and her sister would always dress up and go down to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup.
"Knitting and crocheting were also her main hobbies, she liked sewing and made my sister's wedding dress as well as all the bridesmaids' dresses herself.
"She also made us outfits for our yearly class balls at Goodna State High School."
Since turning 100, Mrs Reimers has expanded her family even further and is now a grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 21 and a great-great-grandmother of seven.