MILESTONE: Verlie Clifford celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends.
MILESTONE: Verlie Clifford celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends. Contributed

A century of love, laughter and family life

VERLIE Martin was born the fourth child of seven, to Bill and Lousia (nee Mazzer) Martin.

She came into the world in Lismoreon October 16, 1916.

When registering the birth of Verlie and her younger brother Ted, the birthdates were mixed with her brother and was registered as October 17 due to her brother being born on April 17.

So from that time forward it was declared as she was born on the 17th though continued to celebrate on the 16th.

Verlie attended the local Kyogle Schools and spent much of her childhood moving around living as far as Biloela up near Rockhampton.

On January 18, 1940 Verlie married Claud Clifford and settled into married life back in the local area, at Rouse Mill, then later lived and worked their farm at Tregeagle.

 

LEFT: Verlie Clifford at St Michaels
LEFT: Verlie Clifford at St Michaels Contributed

Verlie and Claud had five children over the coming years- spaning from late 1940s to 1966.

Once settled in their family life and children had grown, Verlie and Claud moved to Goonellabah where they retired and started travelling.

Always an independent lady and raised with a strict persona she carried this through in her years of parenting never altering from this even with her grandchildren of which she has 14, followed by nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Her hobbies are gardening, knitting, sewing where which she was able to show off her dressmaking skills and when older, began a love for reading.

A simple life surrounded by family, one very special memory is of going to the beach in Ballina for a week's holiday 67 years ago.

She still has the watch that her husband had purchased for her on that holiday.

It was one of the only holidays had by the family in their younger life.    

Claud passed away suddenly in May 2000.

During this time Verlie returned to Casino and lived independently though near family until coming to St Michaels on October 23, 2012.

With the outlook of the garden and the comforts of her room. Verlie quickly settled in to continue living her life.

In 2006, by her own choice, Verlie handed in her licence and sold her car all while family were away, as she always decided what she was going to do and strived to do it.

While celebrating her birthday Verlie could not believe she was 100 and said she felt about 14 ½.



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