by Virginia Mackenzie
Turning 87 this year, Betty, from Arcare Craigieburn, is as fit and fabulous as ever. She is kept busy with eight children and 42 grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is very proud of them, thanking the Lord every night that they are all healthy and strong.
Betty was very close to her Nana who was left widowed with nine children when her husband died fighting in World War I. She fondly remembers living with her Nana and extended family in a two storey house in Port Melbourne.
Betty was brought up with a very strong work ethic, something that she has kept throughout her life. She worked well into her sixties within various companies, mainly in the catering business where she says she was tough but fair.
Betty also considered herself a tough but fair mother. She had strict rules for her children and always made them attend Sunday school and church. Although she was strict, she was also a generous and caring mother.
I had the opportunity to talk to Kim, Betty’s youngest daughter, about the type of mother she was, and Kim said she never said no to a request for babysitting for her growing number of grandchildren. She liked to bake them scones and pancakes in the morning. Kim commented that Betty was a born caregiver and is always in her element when she is with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She also said that Betty was a strong and independent woman who at times went away on holidays on her own as she had divorced from her husband quite some time ago. Being on her own did not hold her back in any way.
All of us at Arcare Craigieburn are very fond of Betty and love listening to the stories she shares. Her wicked sense of humour keeps us laughing and happy.