Edna’s surprise 90th
Celebrating her 90th birthday last Thursday, Edna Farish's big day was full of surprises.
Thinking she would just be heading out for a lowkey birthday celebration with son Stephen, daughter-in-law Teresa and friend Margaret O’Brien, Edna was lured to Chinese restaurant Kim Wah for a surprise party featuring half a dozen of her closest Benalla friends.
But that wasn’t the only surprise; first there was of course a cake.
But perhaps the most devilish surprise from her group of friends, led by Ms O’Brien, was organising for The Ensign to pop along to take a photo of Edna’s big day.
It was only when an Ensign journalist arrived, that Edna realised she had been seemingly stitched up.
‘‘Who did this? Who is the culprit?’’ Edna exclaimed to the party.
Among the excitement, Edna joked her birthday milestone was ‘‘a bit frightening’’.
Having spent many years of her life in Benalla, Edna’s friends joked she was like a ‘‘boomerang’’ — always coming back to Benalla.
‘‘I’ve kept coming back to Benalla, I’ve always liked it here,’’ she said.
After moving to Wodonga after her husband of more than 60 years Jim passed, Edna has again recently returned to Benalla, moving into Cooinda.
Ms O’Brien, who lives in Wodonga, said she had been friends with Edna for years and missed her greatly now she had moved back down the highway.
Meanwhile, Pat Treleavan recalled meeting Edna after buying her house from her when she first moved to town, while Mary Plum said she had known Edna for more than 20 years.
Asked how it felt to have all her loved ones in the same room for her birthday, Edna said ‘‘it was absolutely wonderful’’.