Party time for amazing Grace

By Lachlan Durling

GRACE Hilder was surrounded by friends and family to celebrate her 90th birthday at the Kyabram Club on May 27.

While some attendees came from Melbourne, others travelled all the way from Western Australia to share in her special day.

Her niece, Anne Doller, spoke about Grace’s willingness to help out around town in any way possible.

“She said she didn’t want a big fuss made for her birthday,” Anne said.

“She does a lot for Save the Children and Uncle Bob’s, which was in town, she’s done a lot but doesn’t like the praise put on her.”

Grace grew up in Tatura and went to school locally before heading to Shepparton for high school and then to Mooroopna to study nursing.

She then found herself in Kyabram after marrying Albert Hilder.

“Kyabram has been her life. She said she didn’t want too many people at her party because she wasn’t sure of who would come but we surprised her by adding a few to the list,” Anne said.

And that’s not where they finished with the surprises — as Anne contacted the Free Press to run this story as a surprise to Grace.

“She never let anything stand in her way; she’s a big inspiration to the family. She’s always managed to forge ahead and support her family and friends in any way possible,” Anne said.

“She has amazing stories, but once she starts telling them they’re never about her — she’s not one for attention.

“She doesn’t stand back, she’s really active in the community and in the church, after a funeral she’ll be there making the cuppas and visiting the family after it all.

“We think she’s rather wonderful and she’s always been there as our surrogate mum — she is always there and ready to help out.”

Congratulations on 90 years, Grace.