Law fam­ily re­union gets big re­sponse

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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