Look­ing back on a life lived to the fullest

Turn­ing the big 9-0 doesn’t stop the fun

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

LIV­ING in the present and just en­joy­ing each day is the ad­vice Eidsvold res­i­dent Beatrice Roth im­parts to any­one who asks.

The soon to be 90-year-old is still out and about in the com­mu­nity and she can cook a mean shep­herd’s pie and corned meat sand­wich.

She said food was a pas­sion of hers.

“I’ve al­ways been into cook­ing and wait­ress­ing,” Mrs Roth said.

“You have your ups and downs like ev­ery­one and as long as you en­joy the work you do, that helps a lot.

“I cook old-fash­ioned meals, not mod­ern-day meals, but meals like corned meat and white sauce or shep­herd’s pie, but I can cook any­thing.”

Liv­ing to the age of 90, Mrs Roth dis­agreed salt and fat were bad for your health.

“Grow­ing up there was the or­di­nary drip­ping and you’d cook the roast, you’d put the bread in the fat, and the corned meat used to be salty in a can, and I don’t par­tic­u­larly agree with the salt and fat part,” she said.

“That didn’t do us any harm.”

It’s 72 years since Mrs Roth moved to Eidsvold.

She was born in a small town in the shire of Ba­nana.

“I was born in Bar­al­aba and moved when I was 18 years of age,” she said.

“My dad was a farmer so it was milk­ing cows and farm­ing.

“I came to Eidsvold with my par­ents and worked at the Post Of­fice Ho­tel un­til I was mar­ried.”

It was a chance en­counter that led to Mrs Roth meet­ing her hus­band.

“We met in Bar­al­aba. I was on his sis­ter’s prop­erty as I went there to look af­ter her chil­dren while she was hav­ing a baby,” she said.

“She got me to write to him as he was work­ing in the air force.

“He was an Eidsvold lad and when we moved down here, my par­ents moved down, we more or less kept with one an­other.”

The pair soon mar­ried. They had four chil­dren who are all grown up now and liv­ing across the re­gion.

“I have four chil­dren; Dawn, John, Stephanie and Rolina. All went to school in Eidsvold and went away to work,” Mrs Roth said.

“In be­tween my own chil­dren I fos­tered other chil­dren and it’s been a busy life which kept us happy.”

Mrs Roth has joined count­less com­mit­tees and given back to the Eidsvold com­mu­nity.

If you know Beatrice Roth and would like to cel­e­brate her life, a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion will be held on Satur­day, July 29, at the Eidsvold Show­grounds.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

MILE­STONE: Eidsvold res­i­dent Beatrice Roth is turn­ing 90 on Mon­day and is cel­e­brat­ing her birth­day on Satur­day.

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