Topic: Ivy Mary Coleman (1903-2007)
Ivy and husband Sidney moved onto a Katikati farm in the 1930s. Sid was a fine singer and good at working with his hands and in the 1960s handcrafted a violin for Ivy.
Ivy Mary Coleman was born in Sussex on 6 July 1903. At the age of 17 she came to New Zealand for a visit with her sister Maude. They went back to England where Ivy completed nurse training and returned to New Zealand to take up nursing.
Ivy rode a motorcycle and joined an all-female motorcycle club.
In 1932 she married Sidney (reg: 1932/8483) who was born in Nottingham, United Kingdom.
The couple moved to Katikati in the 1930s to a farm that required a lot of hard work.
The family lived on several farms around New Zealand, including the Waikato and Thames. Their daughter Cherry was born in Hamilton.
They retired to Gisborne in 1953 and then Rotorua and later to Rotorua, where Ivy played the violin in the local orchestra. During the 1960s Sid sent away for tools and plans to make a violin for Ivy out of native New Zealand woods.
Sid died in 1994 and Ivy continued living in their home. At the age of 100 she moved into Mount Maunganui's Malyon House Rest Home where she died four years later at age 104 on 11 November 2007 (reg: 2007/27996). She was cremated at Pyes Pa Crematorium on 16 November 2007.
Ivy always takes time to relax (Bay of Plenty Times, 7 July 2005)