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Resident Profile – Edith

Edith Coogan, resident at Groundwater Lodge

Born in Emerald, Edith moved to Groundwater from the nearby town of Biggenden in February this year. She starts every morning greeting one of her sons at the front door as he hand-delivers her the daily newspaper.

Her patio garden is a much-admired feature in our community. She spends a great deal of time out here, tending to her multitude of flowers, planting cuttings that she shares with her neighbours, and sitting and admiring the gardens.

Edith’s other passion is sewing and her suite is filled with her sewing machine, all sorts of fabric, lace and decorations, and of course her amazing creations. She makes everything from nappy bags to wall hangings and even handy bags that fit over residents’ wheelie walkers. Her family is very encouraging and supportive of her hobby. One of her daughters works in interior design and sends her fabric regularly, and her grandson custom-designed and built her special cutting table.

Despite recently celebrating her 90th birthday, Edith is no slouch when it comes to technology, using email to communicate with her friends and family. In fact, her family expects an email from her every single day and will let her know if she’s running late!

Edith is one of 10 children and her eight brothers followed in her father’s footsteps, all becoming butchers. She is a very involved resident at Groundwater and loves playing bingo, attending the sewing group and chatting with friends over a cup of tea.