GENERATIONS: Moya Sonnenburg holds a portrait of herself, daughter Dell Humberstone, granddaughter Kylie Peters and great-granddaughter Indie Peters.
GENERATIONS: Moya Sonnenburg holds a portrait of herself, daughter Dell Humberstone, granddaughter Kylie Peters and great-granddaughter Indie Peters. Kylie Peters

Tiaro’s Moya a centenarian thanks to wine and gardening

FORMER long-time Tiaro resident Moya Sonnenburg will be celebrating her 100th birthday with her extended family today - after her "nanna nap" of course.

Moya Stockwell was born in 1916 at Maryborough's Lady Musgrave Hospital to timber-cutter Ted Stockwell and his wife Cassie, and lived in Tiaro with her eight brother and sisters.

Being part of a large family with her mother often unwell was not easy, especially in the days before electricity and everyday household appliances.

Ms Sonnenburg spent a lot of time looking after her own mother and helping to raise her younger brothers and sisters.

Her son Alan said this no doubt contributed to her strength of character that sees her reaching 100-years-old and still in good health.

"I never saw my mother sick," Alan told the Chronicle.

"She was determined when she started her own family she would be strong and not let herself get sick, I think that amazing willpower, that amazing strength, is probably the reason for the 100th birthday."

In January 1962, the family moved to 307 John St, Maryborough.

Ms Sonnenburg taught briefly at the Christian Brothers' School and at Central State School for many years until she retired at age 60.

Moya didn't let retirement slow her down, she then was able to see the world when she travelled overseas a number of times.

She was involved with volunteer organisation Meals on Wheels and was president of Maitlia Potters (Bottle Brush Crafts) for many years.

At the age of 89 she sold her home in Maryborough and moved to live with her daughter Dell and her husband Andy at Chevallum on the Sunshine Coast.

She has 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

When asked for her thoughts on reaching 100 Moya said "I just accepted getting older, but after I turned 90 I wondered about the future".

"I didn't expect my siblings to all go before me, especially those younger than me; four of them," Ms Sonnenburg said.

"I hope to have good health, so as not to be a burden on anyone, and be able to do things to help my children when staying with them.

"I have really enjoyed my grandchildren and now their children; I'm Great Gran to them."

Ms Sonnenburg still does her crosswords and Sudoku every day, and enjoys watching nature documentaries.

She said she loved gardening, which along with yoga, kept her fit and healthy.