Happy 100th birth­day Ivy

100 rea­sons to cel­e­brate Ivy’s birth­day on a Harley Davidson

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

... the dare­devil took a ride on a Harley Davidson for her 100th.

WITH a let­ter from the Queen in her hands, Ivy Myr­tle Now­itzke, nee Reeps­dorff, was con­grat­u­lated for turn­ing 100 on Oc­to­ber 3.

The Reeps­dorff fam­ily moved to Childers soon af­ter Ivy was born in 1916.

When Ivy was only nine her mother died in child­birth, leav­ing her fa­ther to raise the fam­ily of five chil­dren.

For­tu­nately he had the sup­port of fam­ily to help raise his chil­dren.

Life was hard, and the fam­ily strug­gled on to­gether.

Ivy met Vic Now­itzke, who was des­tined to be­come her hus­band and the love of her life, when she was just 17.

Within two years Ivy and Vic were mar­ried and the proud par­ents of their first-born son, Don.

The cou­ple wasted no time growing their fam­ily, with the birth of their se­cond child, a daugh­ter Beth fol­lowed by Verna 10 years later.

Sadly, Don died on his 15th birth­day, af­ter con­tract­ing pneu­mo­nia.

The fam­ily set­tled on a su­gar cane farm in Childers just be­fore Don's death.

It was dif­fi­cult phys­i­cal work and Ivy worked just as hard on the farm along­side her hus­band, as well as keeping the house­hold run­ning.

When the hard-work­ing pair de­cided to re­tire from the farm, they moved their house down to Bur­rum Heads.

Un­for­tu­nately, Vic was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer and was a bedrid­den para­plegic for two years be­fore he died.

Ivy in­sisted he re­main at home and she cared for him de­vot­edly for the re­main­der of his life.

Ivy has been on her own since 1980 and has car­ried on with her stub­born de­ter­mi­na­tion and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

She has trav­elled ex­ten­sively through­out Aus­tralia and has also been to New Zealand and Nor­folk Is­land.

In ad­di­tion to her three chil­dren, she has wel­comed grand­chil­dren, great grand­chil­dren, great great grand­chil­dren and has an­other great grand­child on the way.

Ivy con­tin­ues to live in her own house in Bur­rum Heads, she loves do­ing puz­zles, cook­ing and keeps up with cur­rent af­fairs.

She has a very pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to life and takes enor­mous pride in her fam­ily's achieve­ments.

Be­liev­ing you are never too old to do any­thing, the dare­devil took a ride on a Harley Davidson for her 100th birth­day to the great sur­prise of her fam­ily.

There is no stop­ping Ivy.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­MARK­ABLE CEN­TURY: Ivy Now­itzke with her trea­sured let­ter from the Queen.

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