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Ethel loves her special greeting from the Queen, for her 100th birthday. Image: contributed

Ethel turns 100

Lynne Mowbray|

Iluka resident Ethel Burns celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday with around 60 of her family and friends at a luncheon which was held the Iluka Bowling Club.

Ethel Burns (nee Lambert) was born at Moorland, NSW in 1919.

Ethel married Bill Burns, a fisherman and they lived at Crowdy Head, NSW.

The couple had four children Doug, Vida, Richard and Garry.

Ethel and Bill moved to Laurieton in 1948 and 14 years later in 1962, the family moved to Iluka.

Over the years the couple enjoyed shell collecting and growing orchids, until Bill passed away, in 1995.

Ethel enjoyed growing all her own vegies and also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Ethel has 5 generations of children, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grand children and 10 great-great-grand children.

Ethel still lives at home with assistance from family and community care.