25 January 2017


On the 9th January, 2017 we celebrated May Gous’s 100th birthday with her family of four children and their husbands and wives, six grand-children, eleven great-grand children, May’s sister Fay George also of Howick and four nieces as well as residents of the Care Centre.

This was indeed an occasion to celebrate a life well spent. May is often asked what her secret in attaining her 100 years is and of course, she’s always modest in her response, (like her little saying: A little bit of powder and a little bit of paint sure makes a lady what she ain’t) but May’s positive, cheery nature and her life in service to others is what her real secret is.

In her youth, May was a gold medalist nurse at  Addington Hospital and later,  in her married life she served as President and Secretary of the Women’s Auxilliary at the Central Methodist Church in Benoni for many, many years.

May married Noel Gous and lived on the family farm in Benoni for all of her married life where her entertaining skills were a legend. She and Noel eventualy moved to the Methodist Homes where Noel passed away after nearly three years.  May continued to live at Noel House until her move to Howick at the ripe old age of 98!

May is to be admired for her get-up-and-go early every morning , ‘putting on a face’, dressing perfectly and being prepared for a pop-in visitor who will never escape a cup of tea and something to eat.

May has never stopped learning; reading ‘good’ books and the daily newspaper, watching sport on TV, and keeping abreast with the news and weather.  May keeps in touch with her family and friends – never leaving anyone out, making each one feel special.

May is indeed a remarkable woman and is loved by all with whom she comes into contact.