Mary Smith, who turned 90 recently, celebrated the milestone with an open day afternoon tea at St Mary’s Hall on January 5 with about 80 relatives and friends.January 14, 2014 12:30pm
Mary Smith (centre) celebrated her 90th birthday with sisters-in-law Joyce Smith, 93, and Gwen McKenzie, 96.
A family dinner was at Hill Top the following Sunday, where she was joined by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two younger brothers.
Family members are expected to also call at her home today for her birthday celebrations.
Mary Smith (nee Rennie) was born and grew up in Murchison, where she lived until her marriage to Jack Smith in 1942.
She achieved a Merit Certificate that at today’s level, is about Year 8, and became a telephonist at the Murchison exchange.
Mrs Smith became the mother of five children — Elaine, Pat, Brian, Ann and Barry.
From the 1950s, Mrs Smith was the wife and dairy hand to a dairy farmer, while at the same time raising children and attending to schooling needs.
While the children were at school, Mrs Smith was an active member of the Sacred Heart Mother’s Club, and as a keen supporter of the football club, where she worked with the ladies committee to provide afternoon teas and on social occasions.
Mrs Smith worked for the Catholic Women’s League and enjoyed being a member of the Country Women’s Association and Probus.
She still provides afternoon tea for the Wednesday bowlers at the Tatura Bowls Club, who appreciate her scones.
As a keen traveller, she has also enjoyed several trips overseas and within Australia.
Mrs Smith has always knitted and kept her family in woollens as they grew up, knitted for friends, and is still busy producing singlets, socks and cardigans for underprivileged children in East Timor.
She tends her flowers and fruit trees, and each year produces a tomato crop.
Mrs Smith maintains good health with daily exercise in order to keep up with her 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
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