Claudia Willis, middle, from Bonteheuwel, celebrated her 80th birthday on Wednesday September 14. Ms Willis was born in Johannesburg and was moved to a children’s home in Cape Town at the age of 15. She dreamt of being a nurse, but worked as a child minder in Pinelands, until she got married, and moved to Maitland. From there, she and her family moved to Bishop Lavis, and later to Bonteheuwel. Ms Willis had seven children, 15 grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Pictured with her, from left, are her friend Annie Jordan, 80, and her sister Phillippa East, 86.