Bathurst's Francie Morris celebrates her 101st birthday with family at home

FAMILY CELEBRATION: Francie Morris with her family Kevin Reece, Joe Dowling and John Bullock at her birthday morning tea.

FAMILY CELEBRATION: Francie Morris with her family Kevin Reece, Joe Dowling and John Bullock at her birthday morning tea.

AFTER celebrating her 100th birthday in style last year, Francie Morris didn’t want too much fuss for her 101st birthday party.

So this year the celebrations were more subdued with a small gathering of family at Francie’s home in Bathurst.

Frances Patricia White, or Francie as she is better known, was born in Bathurst on July 12, 1917, and has lived here ever since.

She was one of 10 children to parents Anne and William White. Mr White worked with Ben Chifley.

Francie later married Bathurst man Arthur Morris on October 16, 1941, and the couple lived in Bathurst.

Her nephew, John Bullock, who attended the 101st birthday celebrations, said his aunt was incredibly independent. So much so she kept her driver’s licence until she was 97.

“She goes to the golf club every week for a card session with her friends,” he said. “She’s been doing it for years and years.”

Mr Bullock said she was also a very good golfer, and has only just recently stopped playing.