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Monday, April 8, 2013

A celebration for a special lady...

On Sunday DH and I went to a 90th birthday celebration at the Eatons Hill Tavern.

The view from the windows in the area set up for the 90th

Bea/ Mrs C/ Granny is very much loved by friends and family. The birthday girl and DH go back a long way. DH and one of her sons used to be in a band together in the 1960s.  A number of the guests, like DH had also attended the same youth group in the 1960s. Before I came on the scene, DH and Bea's daughter used to go out together...so our lives are certainly intertwined. But there's more...


Mrs C enquires about what DH has been up to lately...


Ten years ago when we went to Bea's 80th party I saw a familiar face amongst the guests. It was someone whom I had met through my work when he came to complete an ascertainment for one of my students. He and his wife were at the 80th  because his wife's sister was one of Bea's daughters in law! Eventually we would work together at my last school and a firm friendship with both husband and wife would ensue.

DH and my former workmate David...

We got there a little early, so these 2 enjoyed a catch up chat and some 'clowning about' lol

Here's one of the young guests giving Bea a big smile ( my friends, David and Majella's latest grandson)

And here is Bea having a cuddle with our friends Liz and Glenn's latest grandson...

Here's the same baby being cuddled by his grandmother, Liz and admired by our friend Barbara. (these 2 ladies went to school with Bea's daughter)


My friend Majella was taking photos for the family...
There were 2 cakes...this was the first one to be cut...


I asked DH to take a photo of me with the 'official photographer' and she was very grateful later in the day when she discovered that she had no photos of herself...but I had also taken others of her so all was good :-)
Majella and I

Now I put in the title of this post that Mrs C was a special lady...she has had the most awful things happen to her and she has shown herself to be an amazingly resilient lady. Her husband, the manager of a large city hotel was shot on his way home from work in 1971. The family had the heartache of losing a husband and father as well as all the publicity and the trial of the man who was convicted.
Her son, who was a good friend of DH died young, as did another of her sons. Her surviving son died suddenly and therefore unexpectedly, last year. Her only daughter has been plagued by ill health for many years and awaits a liver transplant. So it was good to see Bea having a good time at her party...



 And it looks like she went home in a special car...' George Wolseley', David's car...love this photo!




10 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

Did you say she is 90...she really doesn't look it! An amazing woman to have been through so much and look so strong and confident...and happy.

Nurdan Kanber said...

Dear Maria,

I realized that, she's accepted everything which were brought by the life and kept going in any circumstances. Therefore she does not seem as 90 years old instead a happy younger lady!

Thanks for sharing such a life story and a special lady' s birthday pictures!

With the warmest regards!

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful celebration of a lovely lady's 90 years. She certainly doesnt look that age.

Janice said...

Well, everyone has said it.... how on earth can she be 90 ? It looks as if she had a great time, as did everyone else. This is a lovely post. J

Marit Johanne said...

What a wonderful celebration and what a wonderful lady! She looks great. Thanks for sharing the birthday and her life story. I loved the last picture with the car :)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

what a wonderful person she must be for so many people to travel far to celebrate with her.

thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. your words perked up my day.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

what a wonderful person she must be for so many people to travel far to celebrate with her.

thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. your words perked up my day.

Dee said...

Like others have said , she looks fantastic for her age.

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Looks like a lovely party Maria.

Maa said...

Happy belated birthday to Mrs C. I'm always the one running behind lately, but I do turn up to send my good wishes. Hugs Sue