MINNIE Grace Boston, who turns 100 tomorrow, spent much of her adult life in Grafton but treasured her early years in New England so much that she returned here to live out her remaining years at Ken Thompson Lodge.
Lovingly known as Min, she was born in 1912, the fifth of 10 children to William and Grace Watson.
She grew up on the Gostwyck sheep station owned by the Dangar family; a property which had its own school house and a government-supplied teacher.
Minnie’s only surviving sibling, Merle Wilkinson of Uralla, says her sister treasured this time in her life and spoke frequently about it until the recent onset of slight dementia.
At the age of six, Min moved from Gostwyck to Dangarsleigh, and then came to Armidale, where her schooling continued until she was 15.
On leaving school, she entered the work force as book and ledger keeper, in the office of Curtis Bros, Armidale, and afterwards at Tricketts in Uralla.
During this time, Min, who was an avid sports fan all her life, met her future husband, Jack Boston, through a shared passion for playing tennis.
After marrying, the couple moved to Grafton, owning and operating a successful school tuck shop and grocery business for 11 years.
Following the death of her beloved husband, Min lived in Grafton for another 45 years.
She was a much loved and respected member of the Grafton community, working tirelessly for many organisations and holding positions in most of them.
Min is currently a patron and life member of Civilian Widows, after serving 30 years as the treasurer of that group.
Min was also a keen worker for Grafton Mini Mart and treasurer for several years of the Laurel club, Torchbearers for Legacy, Eastern Start and Manchester Unity lodges and Livingstone House auxiliary.
Min was a regular visitor to shut-ins and the aged, and her great love was the church.
Nowadays, she is not able to participate in the activities.
However, she is quite content to sit and reminisce with her friends at the lodge.