Maisie celebrates 100 years
MAISIE McLean’s open smile and gentle demeanour speaks volumes about her – as does the fact close to 200 people attended her 100th birthday party yesterday.
“I had no idea it would be so big,” the sprightly centenarian said.
“I got a real shock when I got here.”
But with eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and countless friends made through the years, it is no surprise so many people were at the Grafton District Services Club to see Maisie cut her giant cake.
Even Mayor Richie Williamson attended.
Looking at least 20 years younger, Maisie said she had lived a fairly ordinary life filled to the brim with loving family and friends.
Originally from Sydney, at the age of 29 Maisie fell in love with, and married, a Clarence Valley farmer called John.
She moved to John’s dairy farm at Dilkoon and ran the local post office there, enjoying family life with their three children together.
“She’s a gentle soul who lives for her family,” her daughter Judith said.
“She moved from Sydney – where they had everything like electricity and gas – to here where there was nothing.
“It was a big move for a city girl,” Judith said.
Yesterday, Maisie was all smiles as she tucked into cake and scones and tea with her friends, some of whom she has met weekly at the club for more than 20 years.