100-year-old Joyce Yeo has her own plaque on Centenarians Way in Taree North

Centenarian: Joyce Yeo (sitting) with Harrington knitting friends, Harrington Library librarian Caroline Pattison and MidCoast Council mayor David West (left) and MidCoast Council manager libraries Chris Jones (right). Photo: Scott Calvin
Centenarian: Joyce Yeo (sitting) with Harrington knitting friends, Harrington Library librarian Caroline Pattison and MidCoast Council mayor David West (left) and MidCoast Council manager libraries Chris Jones (right). Photo: Scott Calvin

Taree resident Joyce Yeo’s longevity has been acknowledged with the dedication of a tree on Centenarians Way in Taree North.

Joyce turned 100 years old on June 27, 2018, and as a result her plaque joins the others next to trees that line the road behind the Manning Entertainment Centre.

Joyce was present for the ‘official’ plaque unveiling on Monday, September 10, surrounded by friends and fellow knitting group members, Harrington librarian Caroline Pattison, manager of MidCoast Libraries, Chris Jones and MidCoast Council mayor David West.

Joyce has been a regular visitor at Harrington library for more than six years.

“Joyce comes down every Wednesday, knitting at the library with the rest of the ladies. We just love having her, she’s a member of the family, really,” Caroline said.

Joyce still leads an active social life. In addition to her weekly outings to Harrington to knit blankets for ‘Wrap With Love’ and Taree Women’s Refuge, she also goes out to lunch regularly, and goes to daycare at Blue Gum Cottage on Thursdays and Fridays.

And she loves any opportunity to go to McDonalds.

“She loves McDonalds. French fries and apple pie. We’ll go for an apple pie after this!” Caroline said.