28th January 1909 – 20th October 2010.
A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Annie May (Maisie) Fox was held at the Anglican/Christ Church Boolarra on 27th October. Reverend Canon Jeff Richardson conducted the service. Noel Fox, her son, gave a light hearted eulogy and great granddaughter Katie Fox read a very moving and appropriate poem.
Maisie was well into her 102nd year and we believe that she was probably the oldest person to have resided in Boolarra.
Maisie was a very independent lady who lived in her home in Church Street Boolarra until she was 98, after which time she became a resident at Hazelwood House, Churchill.
On her 100th birthday the staff at the nursing home arranged a party for Maisie, and family and friends attended. One of the high lights on this occasion was the reading of a message of congratulations from the Queen and various political identities. Maisie’s family sincerely thank all Hazelwood House staff for their dedicated care during her residency there.
Life of Maisie Fox
Maisie was the daughter of May and Rueben Cochrane. She was born at Traralgon Hospital on 28th January 1909. She was an only child. Her mother died soon after her birth, so she was brought up by her Grandparents, George and Janet Archbold. Maisie spent her early life on their farm at Tyers and attended Tyers Primary School. Her cousins, Harry, Hugh, Alex and Trix Archbold who lived nearby were her constant companions. Maisie loved to play tennis and became a very competitive player, playing for Traralgon.
Maisie met Frank Fox when travelling on a train to Sale and started up a friendship. They married in Traralgon on 22nd May 1930 and settled on the Fox family farm at River Road, Boolarra. Over the following years they had three children Ron, Lorna and Noel. Maisie helped with all the farm chores including milking the cows by hand. She was very attached to her horse, Ginger.
Maisie involved herself in the Boolarra community, becoming a member of the CWA and Red Cross. She also took up tennis again and played for Boolarra for many years.
In the early 1960’s Frank and Maisie moved into the township and enjoyed activities together until his passing in 1970.
Maisie’s great passion in later years was lawn bowls which she continued playing until 96 years of age. She made valuable friends and won many events during this time. She also drove her car until she was 96.
Over the years one of Maisie’s great loves was her garden which was admired by many people. She kept it in immaculate condition by spending several hours weekly attending to it.
Most of all her love had been for her three children, nine grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and their partners and one great, great grandchild, always being concerned for their happiness and welfare.
We will remember Maisie for her true qualities as a gracious lady with high principles and loving her family dearly. She remained quick witted with a sense of humour until the end.