Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Love Family Matriarch Led Long Life of Achievements; Son Tells of Parents' Wartime Romance

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Love Family Matriarch Led Long Life of Achievements; Son Tells of Parents' Wartime Romance

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LOOKING back at some of the earliest photographs of Helen Love, you can well imagine her being one of the shining lights of the Mackay State High School yard during her time as a student there during the 1920s.

One of Mackay's longest-surviving matriarchs died recently, just three months before her 100th birthday. Margaret Helen Love (nee Cumming), known to her family and many friends as Helen, was born on October 6, 1912, at her family's home at 27 Victoria St, Mackay.

Her son Arthur Love, who now lives in Brisbane where he is a successful vascular surgeon, spoke of the many fond memories he has of his late mother. aShe seemed to live a very sociable life,a Arthur Love remarks.

aShe bequeathed to me many of the photographs she'd held onto all these years a and they tell a wonderful story of her life growing up in Mackay as a young woman.a

Helen Love was the fifth child of her parents, Charles Alexander Cumming and his wife Mabel Annie Cumming (nee Stayte). Along with her brother Robin and her five sisters Marjorie, Olive, Dulcie, Nita and Ailsa, she grew up in the family home in Victoria St, where she lived until her marriage to Horace Arthur Love on January 2, 1942. Helen and Horace lived out a wartime love story.

aThey were supposed to become engaged, but then Father was seconded to war, so the engagement was postponed,a Arthur Love explained.

Horace Love was serving in the 2/25th Battalion when he was shot and wounded by machine gun fire in Syria. It was one of Helen's friends from Mackay, Mr Barley Williams, who saved Mr Love from the direct line of fire and thereby saved his life. aFather had been away for about three years when he returned wounded. They were married soon after he arrived back,a Arthur said.

Helen Love attended Mackay State High School in the late 1920s. She passed the State Junior Examinations in November 1929 achieving two A results, four Bs and a C. After graduating with commendable results Helen went on to attend Stott, Hoare and Dobell's Business College where she achieved her Certificate of Efficiency in shorthand in November of 1930.

aMother was proud of her achievements at Mackay State High School and also at Business College. …

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