Jean Mailler FORSYTH
was born 19Feb1889 at 11pm at 95 Lower Bridge St, Stirling, Scotland.
She was one of seven children of Michael
Bruce FORSYTH and Helen WHYTE. Her siblings were were Andrew, Albert
and Bruce (they both drowned at an early age), Helen (known as Nellie),
Ann (known as Nan) and James (who went to America).
Jean was a real fashion plate - there are several photographs of her as a young woman in very stylish dress. She was known to smoke coloured cigarettes! A story tells of the price of fresh eggs being 10 pence each. The big decision after purchasing one, was how you were going to cook it and which night you were going to eat it. Her handwriting was beautiful, later keeping meticulous ledgers of the household expenses when she was married.
Jean dealt with life
as it came. To travel to N.Z. as a young war bride must have been a big
adventure. She remained lifelong friends with one of the other young brides.
Her big trip home with baby Helene in the early 1920s was the last time
she ever saw her native Scotland although she always retained her soft
Jean loved nothing
better than to get all dressed up in hat, gloves etc every Friday and
travel by ferry from their home in Fairlight to Sydney city. She often
met friends and family for lunch. She was full of fun in a refined way,
with a wicked sense of humour. Jean liked a "wee dram" of scotch
Jean lived in the
family home with daughter Jean at 4 Francis St, Fairlight until her death
on 27Dec1968 aged 79. Earlier Jean had been hit by a car. The resulting
delayed shock surely contributed to her slow decline. She died after many
months in a nursing home. This placed a great load on her family especially
daughter Jean. It was so very sad to see such a beautiful lady's life
end in such a way.
Passport Photo Jean & daughter Helene
Michael (seated) & Helen Forsyth with son Andrew & wife Mary
Jean Forsyth & sister Nan
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