Farewell to our oldest resident

The oldest resident in Carinity’s 11 aged care communities across Queensland has passed away.

Isobel Price, who lived at the Carinity Hilltop aged care community in Kelvin Grove, passed away on February 6 at the age of 106.

The daughter of Scottish and English immigrant parents, Ms Price was born in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane in 1912.

One of four siblings, she attended primary school at Enoggera, Windsor and Spring Hill. After completing secondary education at Brisbane State High School, she worked in offices mainly as a secretary.

Ms Price lived in Brisbane, Gold Coast and New Zealand before settling in her own unit at Woody Point at Redcliffe, where she lived for over 20 years before moving into a Rothwell retirement village at the age of 99.

A keen bushwalker, she also enjoyed cruising and visited many countries around the world.

Her 100th birthday celebration was held at Suttons Beach at Redcliffe with all her nephews and nieces in attendance.

Mr Price’s nephew Robert Price said his aunty was embarrassed by all the fuss about her age.

“She held her driving license up to the age of 100 and then lived independently in a retirement village until her health deteriorated at age 106,” Mr Price says.

“Although she had many suitors she did not marry as she regarded herself very independent and a husband, ‘would not fit into her lifestyle!’”

Mr Price praised the care that his aunty received while living at Carinity Hilltop.

“The family was very satisfied with the care she received and thank the staff for looking after her. They are all very pleasant and professional. We would give a 100% tick for the facility,” Mr Price says.

Family from Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand will gather at Suttons Beach in March for a celebration of Ms Price’s life.

Mr Price says his aunty’s ashes will be scattered at the family plot at Toowong Cemetary “so all the family, her parents and siblings can be together”.

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