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Celebrating a century of Ivy

Ivy Fox celebrates 100 years with family and friends. Photo courtesy of Debbie Bodley
MEMBERS OF the Esk Uniting Church celebrated the birthday of their oldest member, Ivy Fox (nee Feldhahn), at her 100th birthday lunch in Toowoomba in August.

Baptised at the Lowood Methodist Church in 1910, Mrs Fox has had a continuous association with her church, showing adoration for her Lord in the way she quietly shares her faith by love and example.

She married Thomas Fox in the Ellenborough Methodist Church, Ipswich, in 1935 and moved to his farm at Buaraba (between Esk and Gatton) which was only a few miles from the tiny Atkinson Lagoon Methodist Church where they worshipped and brought up their three sons, Tom (Jnr), Ross and Lance.

When this church closed in the 1960s they joined the Esk Methodist Church (now Uniting) where Mrs Fox became an enthusiastic member of the ladies fellowship. She helped the ladies cater at cattle sales until she was over 90 years of age.

She also had her driver’s licence until 95 years of age and was still able to drive 20km to church.

Mrs Fox moved into a low care hostel in Toowoomba in 2006, where she resided for four years, and has only recently moved into high care.

She was delighted to have several members from the Esk congregation, and some from Atkinson Lagoon days, join her and her family and other old neighbours and friends to celebrate 100 years.

Photo : Ivy Fox celebrates 100 years with family and friends. Photo courtesy of Debbie Bodley