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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 15 FEATURE a number islands for her 100th birthday!" Though her request couldn't be fulfilled for practical reasons, Matina's 100th birthday party was a Greek island theme. "I think she was excited because there were some local members who presented her with flowers and she knew things were happening, and everyone was so nice to her," says Mary. Just minutes into the discussion, it's easy to see that Mary holds a special bond with her mother. spare moment is spent making Matina's life as comfortable as possible. While working as a legal aid, every other p Though she is lucky to have the devotion and care of her daughter, Mary is adamant that she's in fact the lucky one. "She's not grumpy, she's fairly easygoing. Mum doesn't complain about anything, she just goes along with what's happening and enjoys it," she says. Yet she jokes about whether she'll be just as lucky to have someone look after her when the time comes. "I'm checking with all my great-nieces and nephews. I'm saying 'are you going to look after me?," Mary says with a laugh. Harping back to her wise words of wisdom, unlike others who stress about what may or may not happen, Mary never recalls her mother essing such anxieties. eligious woman, "she'd always say 'God will provide'. She doesn't worry about anything". Though her daughter recalls the odd occasion of her mother making a ab u Mary exprxpre A re about Ma re alwa oddod alw y doedoes Th Tho comment about her age, rather than focusing on existential fears, Mary is adamant that she is more concerned with thoughts of 'when are we going to go on holiday next?' "We've got the party over and done with and now she's looking ahead to other things." That's the spirit, Matina. Here's to 100 years more. Matina and her husband Peter. Matina (centre front) taken with her parents and six of her siblings. There were a total of 10 children in the family. Matina, wearing a Greek costume, next to her grandmother after procession in Mackay circa 1940. Matina on the right and her sister Efti - taken on 5/9/42 taken at the back of the family drapery store (P Comino & Sons) in Mackay, Queensland. Matina’s portrait taken circa 1939.
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