Agnes reaches a milestone
HARD work and good genes is the secret to a long and fulfilling life according to the family of Agnes McKechnie.
Last week, Mrs McKechnie celebrated her 99th birthday and was joined by four generations of her family, who were all there to celebrate the milestone of such a wonderful woman.
In 1935, Mrs McKechnie moved to an orchard at Mt Tully with her first husband.
Mrs McKechnie and Jack were very involved in the community.
After the end of the Second World War, they began doing musical pantomimes and concerts.
"They also did fruit exhibitions at the Stanthorpe, Warwick, Toowoomba and Brisbane shows over a partnership, her and Jack,” Mrs McKechnie's daughter Nicky Huxley said.
All throughout her life, Mrs McKechnie was a hard worker, dedicating her time to her five children and still managing to work as well.
"She's a pretty amazing lady; not only did she look after her house and her children, she worked out in the orchard as well,” Mrs Huxley said.
"In her spare time she also dress made, made iced cakes, you name it, she did it.”
In 1973, Mrs McKechnie married her second husband, Henry McKechnie, who had a stroke during their marriage.
"She looked after him for ten years (after the stroke),” Mrs Huxley said.
All throughout her life, Mrs McKechnie was heavily involved with a number of community organisations around Stanthorpe.
"She was involved with CWA, the church, she did every handicraft under the sun,” Mrs Huxley said.
Mrs McKechnie also volunteered at the Art Gallery and due to her works and community involvement, was awarded the Cultural Australia Day Award in 2007.
"She's an amazing lady, hospitable and caring,” Mrs Huxley said.
Mrs McKechnie now continues to live in the home she built at the age of 85, after the passing of her second husband, surrounded by her large and loving family.