Looking back on a life lived to the fullest
Turning the big 9-0 doesn’t stop the fun
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.
MILESTONE: Eidsvold resident Beatrice Roth is turning 90 on Monday and is celebrating her birthday on Saturday.