Capping off 70 years in the valley
A SPECIAL morning tea is coming up for a remarkable lady who has been a maternal figure in the community for 70 years.
88-year-old Maisie Dickinson has lived on her property just outside of Jambin since 1949, when she arrived as a 19-year-old bride with her late husband Sydney Dickinson.
Mrs Dickinson managed to raise three kids – Janice, Charlie and Liz – while working the land and on the house with Sydney for a number of years.
But it’s all the community work and the help she’s given others along the way for many years that is cause for celebration and reflection according to her daughter Janice Saleh.
“It would be terrible, I thought, if Mum left and couldn’t have a chat with people she’s known for years, some since they were babies,” Mrs Saleh said.
“Mum is a very loving person and everywhere she goes people get hugs and she’s got a very giving nature.
“I know there are lots and lots of people who know and love Mum as a person.”
Sydney passed away 21 years ago, at the age of 70, after a heart attack on the property and Mrs Dickinson feels the time is right to live in Brisbane with her daughter Mrs Saleh.
“I feel it’s time I moved. I’m going on 88 and I feel the good Lord is telling me to move on,” Mrs Dickinson said.
“I’ve been able to stay in this little house, even when the farm was sold.
“It’s going to be different but I don’t feel I’m ready for a nursing home just yet.
“While I’m still able to do things, I want to be with Janice and do things for her around the place.”
Mrs Dickinson has been an active member of St Christopher’s Church in Jambin for 70 years, as well as being involved in the old Queensland Junior Farmers’ Organisation and the local tennis club, to name a few.
“Having lived here for all that time, Mum is ‘mum’ to a lot of people in the area,” Mrs Saleh said.
“Our neighbour growing up here, their son still comes here to visit with his wife and child because he’s lost his mum and Maisie is like a mum to them.”
The Golden Park Retreat in Goovigen is holding a morning tea to say farewell to Mrs Dickinson on November 23 from 10am–noon.
Phone Maree Tucker from the Golden Park Retreat on 0438 106 391 to RSVP and for more information.