Joan Vetter turns 90 this Friday and everyone is invited to help her celebrate.
Joan Vetter turns 90 this Friday and everyone is invited to help her celebrate. Contributed

Milestone worth a party

CHARLEVILLE seems to be celebrating a bundle of milestones this year.

This Friday, Joan Vetter (nee Elmes) will turn 90, a celebration not only of this milestone, but one for family and friends who have been part of Joan's life.

Joan was born in Longreach Hospital on September 21, 1928, the eldest of four children to Harry and Chrissy Elmes. Work took the family to Augathella and then onto a property outside of Goondiwindi. During the war years the family moved to Charleville.

A happy memory Joan has is the day the war ended. As the news spread, the whole town came out into the streets and celebrated.

Joan spent time at both St Mary's Charleville and St Stephen's in Brisbane. After her schooling she completed nursing training in Brisbane at the Mater Hospital before returning to nurse in the new Charleville Hospital.

Love entered Joan's life at the races, where she met Pat Vetter. A marriage that lasted for more than 63 years. During this time Joan and Pat made their home and raised their six children at Monamby Park, Loddon, Kentucky and Dungiven. On retirement the couple sold up and moved into Charleville where they continued to enjoy a full and rich social life.

In 2013 Pat passed away. Joan continues to live a social life filled with family and friends. The family now has grown to 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Come and join Joan for a cuppa and a yarn at the Charleville RSL, Friday, September 21 from 2pm- 6pm.