Mother’s Day at Southern Cross Care

By Riverine Herald

MUMS at Moama’s Southern Cross Care were treated to a Mother’s Day afternoon tea last week.

About 60 people enjoyed a high tea with their mothers, fathers or in-laws on Thursday.

Lifestyle co-ordinator Debbie Bennett said it was a special opportunity for families to come together to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Especially for its oldest resident — 104-year-old Elsie Rowe — who was visited by her daughter Linda Rowe from Metcalfe.

‘‘We’re very fortunate to have Mum still with us and for the woman she is,’’ Linda said.

‘‘She’s a person who’s never had tickets on herself. She is kind and has always been interested in people and what she can do for others.

‘‘She has a lot of love to give and is strong in personality.

‘‘She also has very strong principles and is committed to what’s right and wrong.

‘‘We never did get away with anything when we were kids.’’

Elsie, who has lived at Southern Cross for about four years, has three daughters, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Fellow resident Yvonne Merlo was able to spend the day with her great-grandchildren Allira and Ned Hornsby and granddaughter Brooklyn Elliott.

‘‘Mother’s Day is precious to every mother so to have my family here is very special,’’ she said.