This story came to light a few weeks ago and we thought it was too lovely not to share; so kindly Noel Boyle penned this short story for us about what would have been his mother’s 100th birthday; honouring her wish for family to stay together.
by Noel Boyle for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
‘Friends and relatives of Ivy Boyle attended a special party for her recently – to celebrate the occasion of what would have been her 100th birthday. Although Ivy passed away in Millicent in 1995, it was mentioned in January that it would be a great excuse to get together. Ivy lemon was born in Millicent on May 2 1915 to William J. Watson and Florence nee Jones. Ivy married Stan Boyle in 1935 and from this marriage they became parents of 7 children. In a letter addressed to the family, which was opened after her death, one of the things that was mentioned, and was important to her- was that we must stay together as a family. Although a birthday cake was not purchased happy birthday was sung and a toast was proposed to a fine lady. Many memories and stories were shared over the numerous photos on display. The birthday party was held at a hotel so as to make it easier to organise.
The main comment was – “It is great to have a get together with the family and not be – for a funeral”.
Noel P Boyle