Long time Ryde resident Phyllis Edwards chalked up a milestone on January 2 when she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Atlantis Restaurant North Ryde.
Evergreen Phyl, who was born in 1917, is pictured cutting her birthday cake flanked by her two sons Ken and Trevor Edwards.
The much loved centurion has experienced so much change from the horse cabs and trams that passed her home in Haberfield where she was born to the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which she attended.
As a young girl, Phyl was dux of Newshertl Grammar School in Haberfield – winning a flight on a bi plane as a reward but had to turn down the prize due to her parents’ concerns.
She has lived in Ryde for over 70 years and was married to her husband Roy, a builder, who built many homes in the Ryde area when the district comprised of market gardens and cow paddocks.
Phyl and Roy had one of the first telephones in Ryde being number 25 on the old manual telephone exchange.
Her two sons Ken and Trevor attended schools in the area.
Over the years Phyl worked in primary and high school canteens and was an active tennis player until the age of 80.
She has been a wonderful knitter all her life and belongs to a knitters group who knit tirelessly for charity and the homeless.
Phyl has worked on many fund raising stalls and is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Gladesville.
She still drives her car and lives in her own home; has a sharp memory; great attitude to life and is an inspiration to her two sons and daughter in-laws; seven grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Congratulations Phyllis!