Say­ing yes keeps Amy on track for 100 years

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS - By Emma Ballingall A sim­ple phi­los­o­phy of “say yes to ev­ery­thing” helped Drouin res­i­dent Amy Lin­negar reach her 100th birth­day on Satur­day.

In achiev­ing the mile­stone, Amy fol­lows in the foot­steps of older sis­ter Lily who lived to be 102-years-old and who she shared a dou­ble wed­ding with.

Born in Lard­ner and liv­ing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions be­fore re­turn­ing to War­ragul and Drouin in her later years, Amy cel­e­brated with fam­ily and friends at Lyre­bird Vil­lage.

Be­ing a great bush dancer in the past, her birth­day wish was to see younger gen­er­a­tions singing and per­form­ing. An­other high­light was a piper herald­ing the ar­rival of the birth­day cake.

Amy was born on fam­ily farm “The Grove” in Hamil­tons Rd, Lard­ner. She was the youngest daugh­ter and sec­ond youngest of six chil­dren to the Wheel­don fam­ily.

She en­joyed school, at­tend­ing Lard­ner State School and stay­ing on for two years of high school be­fore, as many of her gen­er­a­tion did, leav­ing to hand-milked cows on the farm.

A trip with her sis­ters to check out the re­liev­ing bank teller in Drouin saw Amy meet her fu­ture hus­band Wal­lace Smith. Along­side sis­ter Lily, she mar­ried in a dou­ble wed­ding at the age of 20.

Wal­lace was trans­ferred to Al­bury where they had three daugh­ters – June, Meryle (dec) and Lynette.

Due to war and petrol ra­tioning, she saw lit­tle of her fam­ily over the next seven years.

When Meryle re­quired on­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment in Mel­bourne, the fam­ily moved to Box Hill and spent more time vis­it­ing the dis­trict.

“Ev­ery cou­ple of years there­after, we moved around. She had a life­time of set­ting up a new home ev­ery cou­ple of years very suc­cess­fully,” said daugh­ter Lynette.

“She was a very ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber and be­longed to about 13 dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions. She had a very busy life.”

The church was one such or­gan­i­sa­tion as it was “a great way of us be­ing ab­sorbed into a new com­mu­nity”.

Amy and Wal­lace re­tired to War­ragul a year be­fore his death.

Two years later, Amy met fel­low trav­eller Ge­orge Lin­negar on a bus trip to the Kim­ber­ley.

They were mar­ried in 1982 and had a happy 18-year mar­riage liv­ing in War­ragul.

In 2007, Amy moved into Lyre­bird Vil­lage and, Lynette says, has been “a happy res­i­dent there ev­ery since. She has re­ceived great care”.

Amy has six grand­chil­dren and nine great­grand­chil­dren.

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