On an­other ad­ven­ture

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the event of in­va­sion.

As war fin­ished she met re­turned soldier Leonard Ge­orge Earn­shaw. They mar­ried at St. John’s Cathe­dral on April 14, 1947, and a move to O¯ tane fol­lowed. Len set up Earn­shaw’s Honey. Sons Ge­of­frey and Rod­ney were born in Waipawa, be­fore a move back to Napier where Len took up a teach­ing role at Clive School. Daugh­ter Rae was born in Napier and a short time later the fam­ily moved into a new house in Te Awa Av­enue. Neil ar­rived to com­plete the fam­ily. Rene has 11 grand­chil­dren and 11 great grand­chil­dren.

In 1963 Len took up a role as prin­ci­pal at Tareha School and Rene was again im­mersed in a small ru­ral com­mu­nity which she holds links to this day through life mem­ber­ship of the Kai­waka Red Cross. In 1968 Rene re­turned to em­ploy­ment in ad­min­is­tra­tion roles, in­clud­ing at Napier Girls High School. Rene was an ac­tive mem­ber of the PTA and re­mains a life mem­ber of the Old Girls As­so­ci­a­tion. In 1974 Rene moved to work as the of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor at the Loyal Napier Lodge of­fice, re­tir­ing in 1992. r

Rene was a loyal sup­porter of her hus­band Len when he was Grand Mas­ter of the NZ Manch­ester Unity. She and Len vis­ited lodges ex­ten­sively through­out New Zealand. In 2007 Rene and Len qui­etly recog­nised their 60 years of mar­riage be­fore Len passed away a few months later. Rene has trav­elled to the UK and Europe on six oc­ca­sions, has been to Canada, USA and a num­ber of Asian coun­tries. She has been to Crete four times to sup­port hus­band Len and to take part in com­mem­o­ra­tions, the last 2016. She has reg­u­larly vis­ited ex­tended fam­ily and friends in Aus­tralia. Her driver li­cence was re­luc­tantly handed in at 96 al­though she main­tains she could drive safely to this day.

Rene’s se­cret to long life is keep­ing good health, an ac­tive mind and hav­ing things to look for­ward to. With a lit­tle help she lives in her own house and man­ages her own af­fairs. She re­ceived a card from the Queen on her birth­day and cel­e­brated with fam­ily and friends be­fore fly­ing to Syd­ney for a visit.

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