She has lived through both world wars,seen 22 prime ministers come and go and this Sunday will celebrate her 78thMother’s Day with a few hands of euchre.
Larger-than-life Yass resident AlmaKershaw had her first of three children, Gloria, in 1934 and now has the rareclaim of being a great-great-grandmother.
Looking at a black and white photo ofher three children playing with two goats they purchased for breeding (who, ofcourse turned out to be infertile), Mrs Kershaw said how proud she was to bethe matriarch of a fourth generation.
“It is hard to keep track sometimes,” she joked.
“But yes on one side I am now agreat-great-grandmother, it is a real thrill.”
With her family spread far and wide, sonJohn, 75, being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and daughter Joy bedridden,a family get-together for Mother’s Day is unlikely but she looks forward tocatching up with everyone by telephone.
“We always wish each other well andI’ll get a card or handkerchief because I have everything I want, and my familyknow I think it’s silly to buy me anything I don’t need.”
With a self-proclaimed green thumb, Almastill looks after her own colourful garden but will put away the watering canthis Sunday to play cards with her closest friends.
And for those of you wanting to know thesecret to Mrs Kershaw’s everlasting youth?
“Somebody asked me the other daywhether I was booked into Linton and I told them this was my ‘Linton’ when Ibuilt this place back in 1984,” she laughed.
“If there’s something that needsdoing you get out and do it. Whether it’s doing my lawn, Bible study or cards,it all keeps me active and stops me just sitting inside.”
Alma Kershaw at her property in Yass. Photo: Joe McDonough.
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