ELMA Noyle celebrated her 100th birthday with her daughter Denise Reid, friends and family at Tafta On Ridge. Picture: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG /African News Agency / (ANA)
ELMA Noyle celebrated her 100th birthday with her daughter Denise Reid, friends and family at Tafta On Ridge. Picture: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG /African News Agency / (ANA)

Cakes and smiles as Tafta on Ridge oldest resident turns 100

By Lee Rondganger Time of article published Nov 18, 2020

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Durban - CAKES and smiles were the order for the day as staff and residents at The Association For the Aged (Tafta) celebrated the 100th birthday of resident Elma Noyle.

Joburg-born, Noyle came into the world with her twin brothers who died in their first year.

Noyle is the oldest resident at the Tafta on Ridge residence.

She has two daughters, Denise Reid and Beryl Doepoe, and has seen her family grow over the years.

She has eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Noyle lived in Joburg for 70 years and has been in Durban for the past 30 years.

She worked as a typist and has now swopped her active lifestyle with more relaxed activities such as bingo, bowling and visiting the library.

Reid expressed joy at having her mother in her life for 80 years.

“I am very proud to see that my mother has witnessed so many generations of her family in her lifetime. I also hope that I will also be able to live to see more generations of our family … ”

She attributed Noyle’s longevity to an active lifestyle, which included lots of running, sport and regular visits to church.

Mike Reid, Noyle’s son-in-law, said: “It’s a real honour to celebrate her birthday. She’s been the most wonderful mother-in-law and a great sportswoman.”

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