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    CENTURY OF SMILES: Siblings Geoff Young, Leonie Mayes, Mary Campbell and Sandra Cyrus celebrate the 100th birthday of their mother Pat Young, in the John Young room at Horsham RSL, named after their late husband and father. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

100 years young... for Pat Young

It was a surprise of the highest order on Saturday when family and friends gathered to honour Pat Young’s 100th birthday. 

Mrs Young marked the major milestone with a surprise party at Horsham RSL in the John Young function room, named in honour of her late husband. 

“It’s terrific. I can’t believe it. It’s just wonderful,” she said. 

“I’ve been very blessed and I have a wonderful family. I’ve been looked after so well.” 

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Mrs Young was born in Warracknabeal and spent most of her childhood in Melbourne. 

She met John Young and the two married in 1948. 

His work as a dental technician took the pair to Port Fairy, where they had two children; before later moving to Horsham.

They had five children: Geoff Young, Leonie Mayes, Mary Campbell and Sandra Cyrus, and Terry Young, who was unable to attend the celebration. 

After Mr Young died in 2003, Mrs Young moved into Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip, where she continues to reside. 

Her family said no drinking or smoking, and daily walks, had kept Mrs Young in good health and the secret to celebrating 100 years. 

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