Law family reunion gets big response
When May Farley of Woodville married Edward (Ted) Law in 1937 it began a family legacy which now has 107 descendants.
There are 10 children, 21 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
A grand total of 85 came together in Dannevirke at the local Bridge Club on Saturday, May 19 because, had she lived, the matriarch would have turned 100 the day before.
The couple spent their married years at 50 Burn St in Dannevirke. Three children were born before Ted went to the Pacific fighting in World War II. Seven more children were born after the war when Ted worked for the Dannevirke County Council building bridges and general maintenance.
The family grew up and most moved away but often not so far that they could not come back to 50 Burn St for holidays. They recalled at the reunion that visits to Dannevirke were the one constant in their ever changing lives and they had fond memories of the wonderful love and hospitality they received. They mentioned hot cocoa and Coronation Street at 8pm, fish n’ chips and fun Christmasses.
Ted died in April 1981 while May lived on always cheerful and loving despite throat cancer until her passing in July 1996.
There have been other family reunions but this is the last the children’s generation will organise.
The mantle for the next is handed to the grandchildren.
Saturday was a wonderful day with family members arriving from all parts of New Zealand as well as Perth in Australia and Miami in Florida. They met for a shared lunch at the Bridge rooms and spent much of the day reminiscing and rekindling old friendships. Dannevirke’s eateries were chocka-block in the evening and a proportion of the family returned to hosts Ash and Heather Short’s home to rest up and watch the royal wedding. A caption on the Law Family T-shirt seems particularly appropriate and reads: “The Law Family — Where life begins and love never ends”.
THE 85 members of the Law Family at the Dannevirke Bridge Club on Saturday, May 19.
SEVEN of the 10 Law children. From left: Michael Law, Heather Smart, Lorraine Wallace, Margaret Smith, John Law, Pauline White and Karen Cameron.
MAY Farley and Edward (Ted) Law on their wedding day June 22, 1937.