Gay Packer celebrates a century of life

BIRTHDAY: Gay Packer cuts her 100th birthday cake surrounded by residents at Resthaven in Murray Bridge on Thursday. Photo: Nick Grimm.

BIRTHDAY: Gay Packer cuts her 100th birthday cake surrounded by residents at Resthaven in Murray Bridge on Thursday. Photo: Nick Grimm.

Long-time Murraylands resident Gay Packer celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday. 

A special morning tea at Resthaven in Murray Bridge was held to honour the momentous occasion, where residents gathered to help Mrs Packer enjoy the day.

Many years of Mrs Packer’s life were spent between the Adelaide Hills – where she was born –  and the Murraylands.

After moving to the region, Mrs Packer became the first female to be included on the Murray Bridge TAFE council, where she taught taught several types of art to students. 

A building at the Swanport Road campus had been named in honour of her services. 

Mrs Packer and her husband Reg moved to Tailem Bend, where she became heavily involved with the Red Cross and various other local groups, her daughter Jill Stapleton said.

“I’ll always remember the work my mum did in and around the community,” she said. “And I think people will remember just how well-dressed and presentable my mum is and was.”