Granite Belt Parish member Jean Pidgeon celebrated her 104th birthday in October with the help of relatives, staff and friends at Carramar, a hostel for senior citizens, in Stanthorpe.
A remarkable woman, Mrs Pidgeon was the first president of the Dalveen CWA, ran a farm with her husband Stan during World War II to produce food for the war effort and was awarded a BEM for efforts above and beyond the call of “duty”. They donated timber for the present Dalveen Uniting Church.
Granite Belt minister Rev David Graham said when he visits Mrs Pidgeon she often asks, “Why does God still keep me alive?”
He replies; “Because you continue to be such an inspiration to others”.
“To me she exemplifies what Jesus meant when he taught us to go the second mile, for in a world so often tainted by selfishness, her continuing generosity continues to inspire us all to do better.”
Photo : Jean Pidgeon celebrates her 104th birthday with great-grand niece Dominique Lamont. Photo courtesy of Graeme Parkinson