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Milestone birthday for a very special lady

CELEBRATIONS: Beryl and Ross enjoyed cake and a cup of tea to celebrate.
CELEBRATIONS: Beryl and Ross enjoyed cake and a cup of tea to celebrate. Paxton Roth

BORN on February 10 1927, one of Caboolture's most familiar faces celebrated a milestone birthday.

At 90 years of age, Beryl Wolfenden is a proud mother of four, grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of seven and great-great-grandmother of one.

Beryl and her husband Ross have been a part of the Caboolture community for many years.

"Caboolture has been our town for 60 odd years - we moved here and Ross started teaching at the primary school and I bought the tuckshop and we eventually bought a home on the land which is now Centrelink," Beryl said.

It was that home which Ross and Beryl opened to the public to house the library for the Family History Society for 15 years.

Their daughter Estelle Cuffe found it hard to summarise her mother.

"We've got the most amazing mum - she was always there for us and she was always working hard and always supporting Dad with all his work in the community," Estelle said.

On top of raising four children, Beryl and Ross dedicated themselves to local sporting clubs and community groups.

The Caboolture Athletics Track is named after Ross and their daughter-in-law who is the president of the athletics club.

"They had a special night, the whole athletics club was there and they had a sheet over this big board and it was the sign board for Wolfenden Oval," Beryl said.

Ross and Beryl live a much slower and quieter life now enjoying Friday afternoon Bocce games and social activities with friends.

"I've got no immediate family because I'm an only child but I've got a husband that spoils me rotten and we're very proud of the children we've brought up," Beryl said.

Ross, Beryl and their daughter Estelle enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of tea to celebrate on Friday before all the family celebrated together on Saturday.


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