Stitching together a fulfilling life of family, friends and faith

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Stitching together a fulfilling life of family, friends and faith

Circular Head parishioner Win Mahoney believes that it is important to keep her mind, and her hands, busy.

After a lifetime of involvement in Catholic Church activities, golf, tennis, Meals on Wheels and raising a family of four, Mrs Mahoney, 94, of Smithton, now enjoys crocheting and knitting.

“I make hanging tea towels, rugs, cushion covers, little jumpers and beanies,” Mrs Mahoney said.

“I give them away to people who visit and who have children, or to Vinnies. I am not very good but I enjoy doing it.”

Mrs Mahoney grew up at Latrobe where her mother was the organist at St Patrick’s Catholic Church. She has a younger sister, Zillah Jones, 90, who still lives at Latrobe. Another sister, Pauline, died four years ago.

Mrs Mahoney was educated at St Patrick’s Catholic School at Latrobe. She married hydro linesman Francis Kevin Mahoney, known as Kevin, in 1955 and the couple lived at Railton. They moved to Smithton in 1957. Mrs Mahoney has four children. She is also a grandmother and a great grandmother.

“The Catholic Church has been an important part of my life ever since I was a child going with my mother to St Pat’s at Latrobe,” Mrs Mahoney said.

“When we lived in Railton, it was St James’ Catholic Church and then here [at Smithton] it was St Attracta’s Catholic Church first and then they built the new complex, and it is St Peter Chanel Church now.

“I am still a regular at Mass every Sunday. Sometimes I go to some of the other meetings and events, but I do not go like I used to. I am getting old.”

Mrs Mahoney lives independently and still drives short distances around Smithton.

Family, friends and faith are important aspects of Mrs Mahoney’s life and she gives thanks for all three.