The Southern Cross : June 2011
www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross obituary | Family, faith and friends Monica Anne Buick Born February 4, 1911 Died January 1, 2011 Monica Buick, nee Willson, died just six weeks short of her 100th birthday. She had 10 children (two deceased), 99 descendents and she set the record as the longest living Willson on Kangaroo Island. Her life was not easy. As a young girl, she had to help out a lot because her mother was constantly sick. Monica and her sisters would rise very early in the morning and cook the breakfast for everyone, milk the cow and then walk two miles to school. Monica and her husband David raised eight children with no electricity which meant there was no hot water, no fridge, no freezer and no washing machine. The family grew up in an old house that only had a small rainwater tank which provided water for washing, drinking and bathing once a week in an old tin tub. Once a week the old tin tub would come out and everyone went into the same water -- from oldest to youngest. She raised her children with two things: rules and religion. Every three months the priest would come over from the mainland and would say Mass at her parents' house at Charing Cross. Every night as a family, after tea, they said the Rosary. Every now and then someone would come out with an exotic reason as to why they couldn't say the Rosary but it rarely worked. Monica's faith was very strong and she retained it all her life, right up to the end. She always said that what was wrong with people nowadays was that they had "no religion in them". With eight children to raise and put through boarding school, money was tight and the family didn't own a car for quite a few years, meaning the only transport was an old International truck. Monica always made her own bread and during one school holiday, when all eight children were home, she baked 40 loaves in 10 days. She always had an active mind, playing canasta and bridge, doing the crosswords and organising games of cards and scrabble. She had three big things in her life: her family, her faith and her friends, and she had plenty of each. Monica and David have both moved on now and their children acknowledge their hard work and sacrifices. "They set a good example, and we will keep these memories with us always," said son Paul. Monica Buick with her children, from left to right: back row Hellen, Kathleen, Monica; middle row Paul, Maureen, Ann, Susan and Rodney. Fr Dean Marin Ph: (08) 8232 8688 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Priesthood looking for... may be what you ve been What will stick with? you You are welcome tothe' In quirers Mass' *St Mary' s Church, 179 Stanley Street, North Adelaide Next Masses 7. 30pm Fridays 1st July and 5th August June 2011 Page 23 SHOWTIME: The Therry Dramatic Society is presenting the South Australian premiere of the Gershwin musical Crazy for You until June 11 at the Arts Theatre, Angas Street. The production is described as a rollicking Broadway show with delightful dance and magical music. Bookings at Bass or Venuetix.