Freda McMillan is surprised by her birthday cake of 106
cupcakes marking every year of her life. Home of St
Barnabas Trust manager Shirley Hennessy is by her side.
Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Seeing her age in cupcakes left 106-year-old Freda
McMillan a bit overwhelmed yesterday.
''I've got no puff,'' she said as she tried to blow out the
candles in Dunedin.
The work of Home of St Barnabas Trust kitchen supervisor
Barbara Sanderson, the cupcakes were the centrepiece of the
Born Fredericka MacKinlay in 1907, Mrs McMillan, known as
Freda, had kept in good health, driving until she was in her
She moved to St Barnabas after her 100th birthday.
While able to get about back then with help from a bright red
mobility scooter, she now needed a wheelchair or walker.
''I miss getting out like that,'' she said at her birthday
Asked if she had family, she replied: ''My mother had 13
children; I'd had enough''.
However, she did help bring up her late husband Stan
Lambert's two sons from a previous marriage.
She later married Lin McMillan, who had since died.
She was brought up in Kaitangata, where her family ran
''The pies were very sought-after.''
She loved reading books, especially histories on her home
town, and admitted she had a soft spot for Prime Minister
''I tell people he's my husband. I think he's lovely.''