Ethel was born in 1888. Ethel Martin ... Her obituary states: "One of Wauchope's oldest and most respected citizens passed away on August 12, 1983 and was farewelled at the Wauchope Seventh Day Adventist Church prior to her burial in the Wauchope Lawn cemetery on August 15. She was Ethel May Ferrett nee Martin who had lived a full and meaningful life for 95 years.
One of a family of ten children, Ethel May was born at Kimbriki near Taree on the Manning River, and her passing marks the end of that family of four daughters and six sons.
Seventy-three years ago in the year 1910, Ethel May was married to William Ferrett and they set up a joint dairy farm venture at Bellingen in the Dorrigo area. William added forest logging to his work load, and it was in that setting Wilfred (Snow) , Arthur and Bart arrived and increased the family and work team by three.
In 1920 the family moved to the Hastings River district and settled at Wauchope House, but latter moved to Letterewe where they took up dairying once again. here the two girls Joyce and Gloria were added to the family. Ethel was well acquainted with the kind of toil needed to assist in the farm management while raising her growing family. It was well that she did understand the demands of farming, because William only enjoyed 14 years in the promising district before failing health took it's toll and Ethel was left a widow in 1934.
Nothing daunted this pioneer lady however, and with help of her family she ran her own farm as well as farming a small property over the river. Her main means of transport was a row boat which she managed with great dexterity. Though money was scarce - butter fat being 6d per Ib- and times were tough, Ethel never failed to have her family well fed and warmly and attractively clothed. She had nimble fingers, was an excellent seamstress, adored the outdoors and abhorred wasting moments. Always some exquisite handwork was growing beneath her deft touch.
Her obvious knowledge of handcraftsmanship, of the quality of garden produce and floral skills brought her to the notice of the Wauchope Show committee where she became a steward for many years.
Christianity was a cause very dear to her heart and when three pioneer Seventh Day Adventist families, The Allums, the Rosendahls and The Hansfords showed true Christianity to her family in it's struggles, she became interested with their branch of Christian faith, which resulted in her joining the S.D.A. Church by baptism in December 1939. While her health permitted, she attended her church faithfully and served and supported it wholeheartedly.
It was 32 years since she finally moved from the farm and settled in Wauchope town with Snow and next to Gloria. Snow and Gloria with her late husband and more recently with husband Steve Healey have been able to offer a continuing and loving care for their little mother. Ethel's love of flower growing never diminished. She loved nature and nature's God.
Though her memory began inevitably to fail, Pastor Heise her minister, enjoyed calling on her and light heartedly checking on her powers of recognition. She never failed to recognise her Pastor's voice and knew that his calls allowed her to reminisce happily about the past. Her fervent "Amen" to her pastor's prayers, were a constant inspiration to him.
For two years in Lourde's Nursing Home. Ethel Ferrett confidently faced the valley of shadow. Her family have happy memories and a confident hope that they will meet again with this Christian mother in the resurrection day. Five children, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and scores of friends say "Farewell, the world is better for you having passed through"
Sources: Hastings Gazette, Thursday, September 1, 1983, page 18
See also: "From Winchelsea to Kelvin Grove: A Martin Family History 150 Years in Australia" 1838-1988 Published by Classic Printers, Taree.
BDM's Birth: Citation details: 24329/1888 MARTIN ETHEL M FREDERICK ELIZA TAREE
Marriage: Citation details: 6993/1910 FERRETT WILLIAM MARTIN ETHEL M WINGHAM
Death: Citation details: 106089/1983 FERRETT ETHEL MAY FREDERICK ELIZA
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