THE newest member of the nonagenarian group in town is Joan Coldwell.
Joan was joined by friends to celebrate her 90th birthday at the Ky Club on April 29, but she insists 90 isn’t a big thing.
“I don’t like too much fuss made about me,” she said.
“It was just a nice quiet lunch with everyone.”
Originally from Girgarre East, Joan moved to Merrigum where she worked at the post office — which was also the telephone exchange.
And when asked if she was ever tempted to get involved in the town gossip, she laughed and simply said: “I was far too busy there to be listening in to people’s conversations.”
Joan then married Ray and had three daughters — with the furthest away now living in Echuca — and too many great-grandchildren to count, as she said.
There was a point where her story may not have ended in Ky: about 40 years ago Joan and Ray sold the orchard and moved into town to their Jacaranda Cres home and Ray suggested a bigger move.
But Joan wouldn’t have it.
“He suggested we should move down to the coast because here was ‘boring’,” she said.
“I told him ‘you can go to the beach but only for a holiday, we’ll come back because Kyabram is home. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but Kyabram.
Luckily he let go of the idea and admitted years later his wife was right — but Joan already knew that.
“This town is such a friendly place, you can walk down the street and people who don’t even know you will say hello,” she said.
And for Joan, she wouldn’t change a thing. To make things sweeter she was inducted into the Goulburn Valley Bowls hall of fame on the Monday.
“I’ve had a great life here, I played bowls for 40-something years but now I just spectate.”
See page 14’s Game On for the Hall of Fame story.