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Biggenden Multipurpose Health Service celebrates the 103rd birthday of local legend

Tuesday 1 November 2022


Ivy and her family celebrate her 103rd birthday with staff and residents at Biggenden Multipurpose Health Service

Biggenden Multipurpose Health Service (MPHS) was overrun with balloons, music, dancing, cake and laughs to celebrate the 103rd birthday of local resident, Ivy Seymor.

Ivy is a long-time resident of the Biggenden MPHS and had been looking forward to her milestone birthday and the planned celebrations.

Michelle Kinbacher Operational Officer at Biggenden MPHS organised the celebration and was honoured to recognise Ivy’s phenomenal life.

“It was a very special day for Ivy and all the staff at Biggenden MHPS. This is Ivy’s home, so we really wanted to make it a special day for both Ivy and her family,” said Ms Kinbacher.

Ivy grew up on the dairy farm in Gooroolba, and along with 14 other siblings she spent many years working hard for the family-run business. Later in life, Ivy married Bill, bringing two children, another dairy farm and many nights on the dance floor to her life. After a long and storied life, she has eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and even one great, great grandchild.

As if that wasn’t enough, Ivy is a local tennis legend known for her unorthodox chopping shot and accuracy, as well as being featured in a short story in a book titled ‘Her Story – A walk in her shoes – Stories from women in the North Burnett’ by Rensina van den Heuvel

The birthday celebration was a facility-wide affair, with all residents enjoying a morning tea put on by staff who had been busy making cakes and decorations the week prior. Biggenden Bakery also joined in the fun, supplying a cake for everyone to share while dancing to country music. The event culminated in Ivy’s family gathering in the garden for lunch to share stories of her life.

When asked what the secret was to her longevity, Ivy offered the following advice, “hard work, honesty, music, dancing and family. These are the secrets to a long and happy life.”

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Last updated: 1 November 2022