On Tuesday, Aalwynhof resident Katie du Plessis reached the grand age of 91 years old. This special birthday was celebrated with her son Dup and daughter-in-law Sus of Aberdeen, who took along plenty of cake so that the other residents and staff could celebrate with the family.
Mrs du Plessis was born in Hofmeyr in 1926, and made her life there for many years. Both her sons (Dup, and his brother Charl, who now lives in Australia with his family) were born in the town. She was very well known in the town through her gift shop and, at a later stage, antique shop. She was also very involved with the setting up of the museum in the town. Her husband, who passed away in 1996, was the headmaster of the local high school.
After spending about 14 years at the Elizabeth Jordaan Old Age Home in Cradock, she moved to Aalwynhof in May this year to be closer to her family in the town. Although physically frail, she is very happy at Aalwynhof, and loves reliving memories from many years ago. Her family is very grateful to the staff for their kindness and the caring attitude and courtesy shown towards all the residents and their families.