Mickey celebrates a century

When Mickey Loveday was born in 1919, movies were silent, women were protesting for the right to vote, and Flinders Street station opened to the public.

On Wednesday, February 20, Mickey (born Merville) celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends and staff at VMCH Wantirna aged care residence.

Born in India to English parents, Mickey moved to Australia in 1949 with her husband Frank. Two children, Penny and Meville, followed and the family settled down in Bayswater.

Mickey worked as a manager in Myer’s credit department and travelled the world several times.

Ballet, knitting, musicals, gardening and a “nice white cup of tea” are among Mickey’s loves, but nothing tops time with her family, including two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

VMCH Wantirna Lifestyle Coordinator Sarah Lyons described Mickey as “beautiful and kind”.

“Mickey refers to most of the staff as ‘darling’ and loves to sing, especially after concerts held at the residence. Her favourite tune is ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.”

Sarah and the team presented Mickey with an engraved medal, a red tiara, balloons, a cake, and of course, her much-anticipated letter from the Queen.

“Spending time with Mickey is a real delight and we think making it to 100 is a truly amazing achievement!” Sarah said.

Happy birthday Mickey!