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Birthday celebrations for a favourite Dungog mum

May Walters cutting her 90th birthday cake with, back, daughter Colleen Bastian, brother Ross Turner, Dungog-Clarence Town CWA president Margaret Watson and son Warren Walters.Dungog born and bred May Walters celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends last Wednesday.
Nanjing Night Net

The Dungog CWA rooms were filled to capacity with more than 70 well wishers which was an appropriate venue for the celebrations as May has been a member for 45 years.

A Dungog area resident all her life, May was born on March 28, 1922 at Keba.

“I had five brothers and two sisters and came fourth in the family,” said May who was a Turner before she married.

“We lived at Chichester where my father had a farm.

“It was a very different then to what it is today.

“We weren’t close to any neighbours – or to anyone in fact – and had to make our own enjoyment.

“But it was a good life and I had enough siblings to have fun with.

“When I was nearly a teenager Dad moved to a property at Woodville and I finished seventh and eighth class at the school there.”

May met her future husband at a swimming hole at Bandon Grove and they courted for nearly three years before they became engaged.

They were engaged for five months before they married when May was 19.

The couple moved out to the Farrell property at Raglan where they ran the dairy farm. They went on to have four children – Warren, Colleen, Doug and Terry.

May is proud to be in good health, living at home on her own and still driving her car around Dungog.

“I like my independence,” she said.

“When I moved to town 44 years ago I joined the CWA and have been president for 20 years.

“I am still involved and am a life member and try to get to as many meetings as possible.

“I don’t hold any positions any more . . . I leave that to the young ones.”

The 90-year-old said she enjoys the company of other people and credits this in part to her longevity.

Daughter Colleen Bastian organised the party with May “surprised there were so many people there”.

“I had a wonderful day and enjoyed chatting with everyone,” she said.

“There were quite a few people I hadn’t seen for a long time and it was good catching up.”

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