Family and friends recently joined together to celebrate the 90th birthday of Portland resident Nancy Jeffree (nee Davis).
Nancy was born on June 13, 1929 in Park Street Portland, the eldest child of Claude and Vera Davis with six younger siblings to follow; Iris, Ray, Elwin (deceased), Willy, Wilga and Johnny.
It was the year of the Wall Street crash and the Great Depression that spread around the world. The A- Model had just replaced the T-Model and a million units were sold before Nancy was born.
Nancy left school at 13 when her mum was too sick to help the family out. She cooked and cleaned at local establishments including Portland Hospital.
In her early days Nancy went to the local dances and played tennis at many courts in the town.
On March 22, 1952 she married William Jeffree and they purchased their first home in Reservoir Street in 1956.
There is no doubt Nancy has experienced many changes in her lifetime.
Her children Wendy and Wayne and partners Glen and Margaret, along with grandchildren Angela, Todd, Shane, Kaitlin and great grandchildren Braith, Nate and Savannah bring her much joy, along with the extended Jeffree and Davis families.
Generational family friends the O'Brien's were in attendance at the party along with Mrs Joan Taylor and family of neighbouring Burton and Kiln streets and other Portland residents who have shared Nancy's 90 years with her.
She has lived a simple life of giving and caring and all that joined together in celebrating acknowledged how lucky they were to have Nancy as a part of their lives.
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