Stalwart rings in milestone


Kathleen Trew recently celebrated her 90th birthday.
Kathleen Trew recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Daughter Lorraine Page said her mother’s oil paintings never stayed long on the walls of her brother’s workshop at Trew Auto Electrics in Bellevue.

“My mother painted horses and landscapes; her artwork usually sold within a week of being on display,” Mrs Page said.

Mrs Trew moved to Sawyers Valley after marrying husband Ted in 1948.

The couple wanted a big family and had seven children, 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Mrs Trew belonged to the Ladies Guild and was a keen footy fan, following the village team her sons played for.

“Mum was instrumental in ensuring a World War II memorial shield hung in Sawyers Valley Hall, where she was treasurer for many years,” Mrs Page said.

Mrs Trew was a much-loved face at the local primary school, first as P&C secretary and later as the school cleaner.

In 1985, she received a certificate of appreciation from the Education Department for her dedication beyond the call of duty. The primary school P & C also presented Mrs Trew with a gold broom and brush award.