t10 Edith

Edith Dulcie HOWES was born 1927. She married Arthur Kinsman. They farmed around Albury and Fairlie. Edith was born premature spending much time in hospital. My mum told of sharing a horse to ride to school.

Edith spent time in the North Island as a pupil with Mabel as teacher whilst in Standard 5. She took the Fairlie Flyer train to Timaru for piano lessons. She then worked on the farm as a land girl until she married Arthur in 1951.

There were 5 in their family – Marion 1952, Ross 1954-2009, Murray 1955, Colin 1957, Glenis 1958.

Horses were her main passion where she was a Pony Club instructor in Fairlie. After her husband died suddenly in the main street of Fairlie in 1983 she became the Caretaker at the local schools. It was here sadly she got ‘coal miners disease’ through shovelling the coal in the schools boilers. This eventually led to her demise.

Ross died of cancer in 2009 during her decline.

Edith was the last surviving of this family and died before Christmas 2012.