At long last I am getting around to posting about what I did for my nan's 90th birthday, this is it. I worked all day one it the day before her birthday yeah I know talk about leaving it to the last minute but I got it done and everyone seemed to like it.........Over the photo I wrote the following:
Today makes the 90th birthday of an amazing woman my nan Flo James. She has always been known as Flo and it wasn’t until she came to the nursing home that I heard her called Florence.
My grandmother was born Florence Torrens on the 31st May 1921 in Wauchope her mother was Mary Ann Cameron and her dad was David William Torrens. She was one of 13 children her siblings where: Ethel, Irean, Trudy, Robert, William, James, Eva, Isabell, Dorrie, Mavis and Nita.
Nan has been married twice her first marriage to Merve Townsend resulted in 3 children: Mavis, Ronald and Diane. On the 23rd of December 1950 in Hamilton Newcastle she married the love of her life, Ronald Francis James with whom she had a fourth child Francis.
Nan has been blessed with 15 grandchildren each of her first 3 children have had 5 children each they are as follows: Jo-Anne, Jeannie, Susan, Sandra, David, Noel, Eddie, Ashley, Shirley, Jason, Robert, Wayne, Marie, Geoffrey and Debbie.
She has many great grandchildren as well as some great great grandchildren to many for me to name here.
Unfortunately Frank and Pearla have not been able to have children.
On the 17th September 1972 nan and pop was to lose a daughter with the death of Diane.
On the 4th November 2010 she lost pop and despite what some people may think she know he is gone and is deeply sadden by the fact.
Now that she is spending her last days in a nursing home I feel that it is a shame that more of her family do not visit her, mostly she receives visits from Frank and his wife Pearla and her daughter Mavis and granddaughter Jo-Anne. Now I am not saying that other family members don't visit her just that they do not visit very often.
I have always been close to my nan and feel blessed to be her grandchild she has always been a person to open her heart and home to all that needed her.