A NEWHALL woman who experienced a great deal of tragedy in her life has died at the age of 100.
Lilian Prevett, who reached the landmark birthday on March 23 at Branston Court, died on May 14.
Her son Tony said she led a tragic life, with her husband dying at the age of 44 from a brain tumour. She also lost her parents and three siblings at a young age.
He said: “She was a very caring and generous person. She would always support worthy causes, even when money was tight. She was very proud in a very humble way. She always liked to look smart, spoke politely and was most considerate but she could also be quite firm if it was in her family interest.”
Lilian was one of seven children but she lost two brothers and sister when she was young. Her mother died when she was nine, and her father when she was 14. Lilian had been head girl at Newhall School at the time and had to leave to look after her family home.
She married Albert Prevett on Boxing Day in 1934. They went on to have three children but he died in 1950, leaving Lilian with three children.
Tony said: “Life was suddenly much more difficult, from being a normal working class family with lots of love and security we suddenly became a very sad, insecure family with great doubts about money and the future prospects.”
Lilian then took on a part-time job as school meals supervisor at Short Street School from 1951 to 1970.
Tony said: “With great skill and tenacity she kept the family together and provided adequate for us, which was a magnificent achievement.”
Lilian became captain of the Barley Mow Ladies bowls team in 1976 which won a bowls cup which was presented to her by Ted Moult, a Melbourne farmer who became a TV personality.
Later on in life she travelled to Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa - where her son Geoff lives - and Australia.
She witnessed the opening of St Peter’s Bridge in 1985 and was on of the first to walk across it. She also flew over it on a special flight.
Lilian received a card from the Queen and a telegram from Iain Duncan Smith on her birthday.