'Social butterfly' flies past 90

AGE is a mere number for Lillian Mabel Stubbs, who turned 90 last Saturday.

Mrs Stubbs, who is commonly known as Mabel Stubbs, has lived in the same Fairfield street for 88 years.

She shook her head at the thought of leaving her home.

"I moved here when I was two years old, so my life is here," she said.

"Fairfield suits me fine. It is my home."

Mrs Stubbs was the Fairfield Red Cross president for 55 years and subsequently received the long-service award.

She was also a fund-raiser for Braeside Hospital before it was built.

In 1995, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her community service and has also twice received a council award for community service.

Mrs Stubbs keeps herself busy with fortnightly nursing home visits to tend gardens and does voluntary work for St Barnabas Church in Frederick Street, including playing the organ.

She is also known to be a social butterfly.

Her daughter, Annette Mulligan, jokingly said she often had to "book an appointment" to see her mother.

And Mrs Stubbs has no desire to slow down.

"You've just got to keep on going," she said.

She celebrated her 90th birthday at Guildford Leagues Club with her three children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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