Grace Homman when she was 102 years old. Photo: SUBMITTED
Grace Homman when she was 102 years old. Photo: SUBMITTED

106-yr-old resident farewelled

FAMILY members have paid tribute to long-time Childers and Bundaberg resident Grace Homann, who died last week at the age of 106.

Mrs Homann was born in Childers on April 18, 1903.

Her sister, Pearl Bates, 90, said she had fond memories of Mrs Homann and their family life.

Mrs Bates said she could remember her sister giving piano lessons at the family home, Ardlethan, in Ridgeway Street, Childers, and catching a train to Booyal once a fortnight to give the Sherrington family music lessons.

Mrs Bates said when Mrs Homann was being courted by husband-to-be Vince, he would pick her up on his Harley-Davidson and she would ride in the side car.

After the couple was married, Mr Homann built their home in Cevn Street, Childers.

“I can still remember the lovely-coloured light fittings and a white enamel bath, the first I’d ever seen,” she said.

“Grace and I were very proud to be able to boast of our efforts to raise much-needed funds for the ambulance, fire brigade, swimming pool and kindergarten in Childers.”

Mrs Homann’s son-in-law, Tony Maden, said after her husband died in 1959, she moved to Hurst Street, Bundaberg, where she dedicated her life to family, croquet and playing the piano for various groups, including Jessie Harper’s highland dancing school.

“Grace would play all day through dancing exams, having to repeat reels, for perhaps 30 or 40 students,” he said.

Mr Maden said after a fall and a broken arm, Mrs Homann sold her house and moved in with him and his wife Dawn, where she lived until she moved to Gracehaven some years later.

More than 130 people, joined by then Bundaberg Mayor Kay McDuff and other dignitaries, gathered to celebrate Mrs Homann’s 100th birthday in 2003.

Until her memory and concentration began to fail her at 104, she was still playing the piano at Gracehaven.

Mrs Homann is survived by her daughters Elsie Hill, June Dick, Marion Purkis and Dawn Maden, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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