Two celebrations for Edna’s centenary

SHE’S seen horse-and-buggy days, the arrival of the car and then watched as airplanes took us into the air on our travels and a man walked on the Moon – and tomorrow Edna McGaffin will mark another historic and magic milestone step in her life.

GRAND  DAME: Edna McGaffin turns 100 tomorrow and is a Tamworth girl born and bred.

GRAND DAME: Edna McGaffin turns 100 tomorrow and is a Tamworth girl born and bred.

Mrs McGaffin, of South Tamworth, will turn 100 – and, just because you can when you reach such a rich and rare birthday, you can have two celebrations to mark the date. Edna was born in Tamworth on May 15, 1914. Her parents were Henry and Maud Whitten and they lived on the property Gowrie, at Gowrie, south of Tamworth.

And that’s where she grew up, with three sisters and a brother.

Edna married Eric McGaffin in 1935 and they had two daughters, Patricia “Patsy” Bastedo, who lives in Canada, and Pam Parsons, who lives in Tamworth.

There are three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Among those helping to cut the cake this morning on the first morning tea birthday treat will be some of those descendants, including daughter Pam and her husband, and Edna’s grandchildren, Kathy Pappas, Julie Parsons and Graham Parsons. There’s a family dinner on Saturday night too.

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