FAMILY REUNION: Karen Ann Sorensen, Caiden James Lee, Belinda Rose Sorensen and Toni Lee Sorensen with 81-year-old Grace Edith Williams.
FAMILY REUNION: Karen Ann Sorensen, Caiden James Lee, Belinda Rose Sorensen and Toni Lee Sorensen with 81-year-old Grace Edith Williams. Contributed

Five generations of family remember cancer victims

21-YEAR-OLD Toni Lee Sorensen was told a story weeks ago about her great-great-grandmother who was born in Childers more than 100 years ago.

Inspired by the tale, Toni invited five generations of the family for a morning tea to remember family members who had died from cancer.

Elizabeth Grace Coe, affectionately known as Bet or Betty, was born in Childers Hospital on June 23, 1911.

Betty was the second child to parents Amy Louise (Faris) and William Edward Crawford-Coe.

Amy and Edward eventually settled at Corranga near Mundubbera, after buying the Corranga Bullock Paddock on the Boyne River, a large property home to prickly pears.

Betty said it was hard picking fruit by hand and her hands were always sore.

The Coes were the first family in the district to own a car.

It was a T-Model Ford with carbide lights mounted on the sides. In those days it took an entire day to drive to Maryborough.

In 1928, the family sold the property and moved to Yengarie.

It was here that Betty met her husband Alfred James William Pohlmann.

Betty and Alf were married on May 13, 1933.

They lived at Oakhurst, near Maryborough for the early part of their married life where Alf was a timber cutter initially, then a grader driver.

Alf was eventually employed by the forestry as overseer at Woodgate where the couple lived for many years.

Grace Edith Pohlmann was born on October 20, 1933 and was the couple's first of 10 children but was raised by her grandparents at Yengarie.

Grace went on to marry Adrain Joseph Williams in Maryborough in 1950.

Adrain sadly died in 1968 when he was just 38 after a six-year battle with what we believe to be cancer.

Grace had 10 children and the two eldest Doug and Anthony both died from lymphoma cancer.

I am the fourth eldest of Grace's 10 children.

I met and married Cole John Sorensen in Maryborough on February 20, 1971 and have three children.

Belinda Rose Sorensen is my youngest and lives at Apple Tree Creek and Toni Lee Sorensen is her daughter and lives in Childers.

Toni put on an amazing spread for the five generations of family who attended the morning tea.



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