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My stories are based on my life experience and ongoing research, people I’ve met, places I’ve been and my family archives. I write about food in the context of family life and history. Some of my stories may touch you deeply. They reveal God’s providence and grace in my life and the lives of special others and the triumph of faith, hope and love over adversity and suffering. Others, like my food stories and recipes, and my “little gems”, pick up everyday themes, are practical and generally light-hearted.

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Betty Anderson: 100 years of gratitude and loving service



This story is a tribute to the late Elizabeth Annie (“Betty”) Anderson, of Rockhampton. Betty died on 25 February 2020, aged 100 years 6 months.

I met Betty when I was a child. She was a long-standing family friend. My mother Evelyn and Betty had known each other since their late teens. My husband, Tony, met Betty in the 1970s, so he knew her almost as long as I did. Not that Tony and I had a lot to do with Betty in those early years. However, after Tony and I moved to Rockhampton in the 1980s, and had more contact with Betty, we came to know and appreciate her in a special way. Over the next 30 years or so, Betty became one of our dearest friends.

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