52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2015) #14 Edith Jean Marr

Amy Johnson Crow, author of the “No Story Too Small” blog introduced a challenge in 2014 – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  She continued this challenge in 2015, and for this year she has introduced a weekly theme.  This week’s theme is “Favourite photo”.

My favourite photo would have to be that of my mum, Edith Jean Marr.

Edith Jean Marr
My mum, Edith Jean Marr Whimpey

Although I have already done a post about mum, http://loiswillis.com/?p=1497, I’ve decided to share some more of my memories about mum.

Firstly, the basic details about mum. Edith Jean Marr was born 11 June 1922 at Eramosa Road, in Somerville, Victoria, Australia.  On the 20th December 1952, she married my dad, Ivon Walter Whimpey, at the Brougham Street Methodist Church in North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  She died 9 April 1990 at Wonthaggi Hospital, Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia.

The following are a few of my memories of my mum:

When I was young, I had to wear glasses, and I remembering travelling with mum on the train into the city (Melbourne) to the Royal Eye and Ear hospital for checkups.  I enjoyed these trips, as we often also did some shopping at Myer, and had lunch there.  Sometimes mum also took me to the Queen Victoria Market to do some shopping.

Wedding notebook
Wedding notebook
Page from wedding notebook
Page from wedding notebook

Although mum didn’t like sewing, she made many of our clothes.  She made my wedding dress, as well as the dresses for my maid of honour, bridesmaid and flowergirl.  Mum did pretty much all of the planning for my wedding – she organized the wedding cake, reception, photos, and numerous other details.  Mum had a notebook, where she kept all the details. I still have this notebook, along with all the receipts.

When we were growing up, my sisters and I played netball with the church netball teams. Mum was our coach.  Mum was also a netball umpire.