100 candles lit for the woman who shared her many gifts

10 Mar 2022

By The Record

Centenarian Enid Macoboy
Birthday girl Enid Macaboy is most excited to receive her papal blessing on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Photo: Supplied.

Mont Clare Mercy Place resident Enid Macoboy celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday 2 March surrounded by family and friends who say the centenarian’s life has been hallmarked by a strong Catholic faith, quiet sense of determination and a strong resolve to remain independent.

Enid was born in East Perth on 2 March 1922 to James and Belinda Hopkins.

The youngest of seven children – five girls and two boys – Enid is the last surviving member of her brothers and sisters.

She went to school at Victoria Square in Perth, now Mercedes College, and spent time at a Catholic school in a remote community near Southern Cross where her grandparents lived.

Enid has many fond memories of her school days especially those spent in the country.

Her first job after leaving school was as a secretary/receptionist at Wesfarmers. She made many lifelong friends there and they often holidayed together and met up socially long after Enid left Wesfarmers.

With the start of World War II, Enid joined the Air Force which saw her stationed at RAAF’s Pearce Air Base and Cunderdin Airfield in the Wheatbelt. 

Centenarian Enid Macoboy flanked by bridesmaids at her wedding to husband Dudley at St Mary’s Cathedral Perth. Photo: Supplied.

It was during this time that she met Dudley and, soon after the war finished, the couple married at St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth.

During the early years of marriage, the couple lived in Kalgoorlie where Dudley practised as a lawyer.

In the early 1960s, they bought a house in Nedlands and Enid was still living there until she recently moved to Mercy Place Mont Clare.

Enid was a full-time mother to the couple’s three children, Brian, Gavin and Catherine.

Centenarian Enid Macoboy at her wedding. Photo: Supplied.

She was always actively involved in their school communities and was a regular helper at functions and fetes and the tuckshop at St Louis and Loreto. She was also an active contributor to Jesuit functions.

After the school years finished, Enid pursued many activities and took up bridge, dabbled with the French language and volunteered at her local parish of Nedlands, Holy Rosary Church, where she helped with religious education classes.

During the 1970s, Enid, together with a couple of ladies she met through school connections, purchased the post office and newsagency on Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith.

Enid quickly became very proficient with all post office matters and was the postmistress there for many years.

After the business was sold, Enid often helped at other suburban post offices on a relief basis.

After her husband Dudley passed away suddenly in 1980, Enid subsequently took up a voluntary position running the office at the Nedlands Parish Holy Rosary Church.

She thoroughly enjoyed her daily interactions with the priests and parishioners. Incredibly, she volunteered there for 40 years, only retiring when she was 97.

Enid has five grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way.

She has always had a strong focus on and commitment to her family, and still enjoys regular outings with them.

100th birthday cake for Mercy Place resident Enid Macoboy, who had a long career and voluntary experiences that spanned up until she was 97. Photo: Supplied.

As for the big celebration, Enid enjoyed an afternoon tea for family and close friends at a grand daughter’s home, followed by a morning tea at Mercy Place Mont Clare.

She was truly delighted with birthday wishes from the Queen, Prime Minister and others but, as suspected, her biggest smile was saved for the Papal Blessing from Pope Francis.

Mercy Place Mont Clare General Manager, Amanda Page, says Enid is an inspiring lady whose family remain dedicated to her.

“Everyone at Mercy Place Mont Clare likes and respects Enid and we’re all delighted that she has reached this major milestone – we will be making a big fuss of her on her birthday,” Ms Page said.

“Maintaining good health throughout life is a key factor when it comes to ageing well, but things like maintaining relationships with family and friends are just as important to positive ageing, which we place a strong emphasis on at Mercy Place Mont Clare.”

Mercy Health is a Catholic not-for-profit provider of care, founded by the Sisters of Mercy and grounded in a 2000-year tradition of caring for those in need. The organisation provides health and aged care services throughout Victoria, southern New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory. In Western Australia, the organisation cares for more than 300 people across five residential aged care homes, including Mont Clare, with 78 retirement living units.