Mavis Hunt has seen a lot during the past century and those memories will be shared next week when she celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday, May 24.JENNA BISHOP May 21, 2014 3:55am
Tatura’s Mavis Hunt (nee Bedwell) will celebrate her 100th birthday next week. Picture: Julie Mercer
Mavis Lucy Victoria Bedwell was born the youngest of six children at a private Rushworth hospital on May 24, 1914.
Her parents Heriot and Margaretta Bedwell had a sheep and wheat property called Belle Vue between Stanhope and Rushworth, where Mavis grew up.
The family lived there until 1923, when they moved to a Rushworth property, Emoh Ruo, following the death of one of Mavis’ sisters.
Mavis said she had many fond memories growing up in the countryside.
‘‘I used to ride a horse six miles into school and put it at the back of the doctor’s and then walk across to school. After school, I would go back and pick the horse up and ride home,’’ she said.
‘‘I remember one morning I was getting wood for the fire and I came back and said my finger was hurting. The finger had been bitten by a snake and they had to take me to the doctor.’’
Mavis said the incident did not scare her.
‘‘I didn’t think the snake would kill me,’’ she said.
Mavis married sweetheart Sidney Hunt on April 4, 1945 at Rushworth’s historic St Paul’s Anglican Church.
They had a daughter, Maggie, in 1950. Mr Hunt, a World War I veteran, died in 1980.
Maggie Johnston said her mother had always had a conscientious and caring personality and left school at 14 to help her parents on the farm.
Mrs Johnston said Mavis was heavily involved in supporting the local community.
She is a life member of Rushworth Senior Citizens, a member of St Paul’s Anglican Church Guild and volunteered with the Red Cross.
When she moved to Tatura in 1992, she became involved with Tatura Senior Citizens, Red Cross and she also volunteered with Meals on Wheels until she turned 91.
About to reach a century of birthdays, Mavis insists she is still fighting fit.
‘‘I haven’t got an ache or pain in my body,’’ she said.
She said she enjoyed daily walks and frequently accompanied Maggie on shopping trips to Shepparton.
Mavis will celebrate her 100th birthday with a special party for family and close friends on May 23 at Moyola Lodge.
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