Place: Matariki Hospital, Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Date: 24 JAN 2003
Place: Te Awamutu Cemetery, New Zealand
approx 1985 had breast removed due to breast cancer.
1988 Approx lost sight in left eye due to cancer.
1990 Developed brain tumor. Went into remission.
1996 tumor returned, inoperable.
Occupation: Home maker
Occupation: Company Director
Note: Shirley's address in the 1940's was 24 Wilkonson Road. Ellerslie, Auckland.
In November 1954 Shirley's occupation was Machinist living at 148 View Road Glen Eden Auckland.
She met Gilbert (Gil) on Friday 4th Aug 1950 at a dance at the Druids Hall, Auckland and on the 18th of June 1955 they were married in the Baptist Church in Mt Albert, Auckland. They spent the first three years of their married life living in the house of Gils parents in Huia Road , Woodlands Park, until they purchase their own property of 5 acre's around the corner. They lived there until Gils death in 1981. Mum enjoyed gardening and had about an acre of land at home which she devoted to vegetables which she sold in a stall at the bottom of the drive. Each weekend I would man the stall for her. Dad and mum also ran sheep on the property and would have up to twenty at anytime. Mum use to help the sheep give birth, it was a life she absolutely loved.
On the death of Gilbert she obtained her drivers license. Until then she had always refused to drive. Dad brought her a Humber Hawke car which was in beautiful condition, in the hope that she would get her license. I think she was scared to drive and as she had dad to do the driving she really didn't have a need to drive. The Humber Hawke rotted in the paddock. I think dad just got so disappointed that she wouldn't drive. She drove until she lost the sight in her left eye because of a brain tumor in 1990.
Bred Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
In 1990 Shirley's health started to detorate. She developed a brain tumor which, caused the loss of sight in her left eye, this tumor was to haunt her for the rest of her life. In 1994 she was to be diagnoised with Addisons Disease and Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart problems. Most of her life she had high blood pressure.
↑ Source: #S00006 Page: Auckland District No 2332 National No 4945 No 460399 Data: Text: Birth of Shirley Doreen Smith
↑ Source: #S00042 Page: Auckland District No 65 National No 5929 No 055855 Data: Text: Marriage of Gilbert Henry Wilson Preston and Shirley Doreen Smith
↑ Source: #S00042 Data: Text: George Baker and Shirley Preston
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