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Rene clocks up 100 wonderful years

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Irene May (Rene) Redpath celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, May 7 with more than 60 of her friends and family.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Irene May (Rene) Redpath celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, May 7 with more than 60 of her friends and family. Contributed

IRENE May (Rene) Redpath celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, May 7 with more than 60 friends and family, from as far away as Tasmania and Malaysia, dropping by during an open day at her home in Newtown.

Rene was born in London on May 7, 1916 and migrated with her parents Pat and Arthur Jenkinson to Australia when she was four.

The family with their three young girls, Daisy, Rene and Muriel, settled in Bridge St, Toowoomba.

The couple's youngest daughter, Gwendoline Ivy was born in Toowoomba and all the girls attended the East State School and then high school in Margaret St.

Rene pursued a secretarial career and worked for DH Stewart the fruiterer until she met and married Ted Redpath, an electrician with electric shop in Russell St.

They purchased a home in Mary St around the corner from her parents.

Their three children, Julie, Neil and Dale, were all born in Toowoomba and grew up there until the family moved across town to a newly built home in Wallace St, where Rene currently lives some 65 years later, cared for there by her two daughters.

When Ted died in 1970, Rene found herself back in the workforce and for many years was employed in Myer's credit department.

She is well known in senior circles for her humorous verse speaking talents and was an active member of several entertainment groups in and around Toowoomba.

Until recent years, Rene has been a regular church-goer at St James Anglican Church, a Mothers Union member and volunteer secretary for Toowoomba's Royal Society of St George, Victoria League and Senior Citizens Day Respite Centre.

She also holds life membership of the Philharmonic Society.

With her three children married; Julie and Dale living abroad and Neil residing in Tasmania, Rene travelled extensively visiting them on holidays in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, USA and South Africa.


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