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CHARLEVILLE seems to be cel­e­brat­ing a bun­dle of mile­stones this year.

This Fri­day, Joan Vet­ter (nee Elmes) will turn 90, a cel­e­bra­tion not only of this mile­stone, but one for fam­ily and friends who have been part of Joan’s life.

Joan was born in Lon­greach Hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 21, 1928, the el­dest of four chil­dren to Harry and Chrissy Elmes. Work took the fam­ily to Augathella and then onto a prop­erty out­side of Goondi­windi. Dur­ing the war years the fam­ily moved to Charleville.

A happy mem­ory Joan has is the day the war ended. As the news spread, the whole town came out into the streets and cel­e­brated.

Joan spent time at both St Mary’s Charleville and St Stephen’s in Bris­bane. Af­ter her school­ing she com­pleted nurs­ing train­ing in Bris­bane at the Mater Hos­pi­tal be­fore re­turn­ing to nurse in the new Charleville Hos­pi­tal.

Love en­tered Joan’s life at the races, where she met Pat Vet­ter. A mar­riage that lasted for more than 63 years. Dur­ing this time Joan and Pat made their home and raised their six chil­dren at Mon­amby Park, Lod­don, Ken­tucky and Dun­given. On re­tire­ment the cou­ple sold up and moved into Charleville where they con­tin­ued to en­joy a full and rich so­cial life.

In 2013 Pat passed away. Joan con­tin­ues to live a so­cial life filled with fam­ily and friends. The fam­ily now has grown to 15 grand­chil­dren and 24 great-grand­chil­dren.

Come and join Joan for a cuppa and a yarn at the Charleville RSL, Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 from 2pm6pm.

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