Five gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily re­mem­ber can­cer vic­tims

Isis Town and Country - - News - By KAREN ANN (WIL­LIAMS) SORENSEN

21-YEAR-OLD Toni Lee Sorensen was told a story weeks ago about her great-great-grand­mother who was born in Childers more than 100 years ago.

Inspired by the tale, Toni in­vited five gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily for a morn­ing tea to re­mem­ber fam­ily mem­bers who had died from can­cer.

El­iz­a­beth Grace Coe, af­fec­tion­ately known as Bet or Betty, was born in Childers Hos­pi­tal on June 23, 1911.

Betty was the sec­ond child to par­ents Amy Louise (Faris) and Wil­liam Ed­ward Craw­ford-Coe.

Amy and Ed­ward even­tu­ally set­tled at Cor­ranga near Mun­dub­bera, af­ter buy­ing the Cor­ranga Bul­lock Pad­dock on the Boyne River, a large prop­erty home to prickly pears.

Betty said it was hard pick­ing fruit by hand and her hands were al­ways sore.

The Coes were the first fam­ily in the dis­trict to own a car.

It was a T-Model Ford with car­bide lights mounted on the sides. In those days it took an en­tire day to drive to Mary­bor­ough.

In 1928, the fam­ily sold the prop­erty and moved to Yen­garie.

It was here that Betty met her hus­band Al­fred James Wil­liam Pohlmann.

Betty and Alf were mar­ried on May 13, 1933.

They lived at Oakhurst, near Mary­bor­ough for the early part of their mar­ried life where Alf was a tim­ber cut­ter ini­tially, then a grader driver.

Alf was even­tu­ally em­ployed by the forestry as over­seer at Woodgate where the cou­ple lived for many years.

Grace Edith Pohlmann was born on Oc­to­ber 20, 1933 and was the cou­ple’s first of 10 chil­dren but was raised by her grand­par­ents at Yen­garie.

Grace went on to marry Adrain Joseph Wil­liams in Mary­bor­ough in 1950.

Adrain sadly died in 1968 when he was just 38 af­ter a six-year bat­tle with what we be­lieve to be can­cer.

Grace had 10 chil­dren and the two eldest Doug and An­thony both died from lym­phoma can­cer.

I am the fourth eldest of Grace’s 10 chil­dren.

I met and mar­ried Cole John Sorensen in Mary­bor­ough on Fe­bru­ary 20, 1971 and have three chil­dren.

Belinda Rose Sorensen is my youngest and lives at Ap­ple Tree Creek and Toni Lee Sorensen is her daugh­ter and lives in Childers.

Toni put on an amaz­ing spread for the five gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily who at­tended the morn­ing tea.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAM­ILY RE­UNION: Karen Ann Sorensen, Caiden James Lee, Belinda Rose Sorensen and Toni Lee Sorensen with 81-year-old Grace Edith Wil­liams.

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