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Essie Summers Retirement Village - Meet Edna Brown

Hello, my name is Edna Brown. I have spent my entire life in Christchurch, having lived at various times in the central city, Linwood, Halswell, Sumner and, for 21 years, Upper Riccarton.

I married at the age of 23 and had three children; a son and two daughters, and I am now a great grandmother six times over. Of my children, one has stayed in Christchurch, one has gone to Auckland and my youngest daughter has settled in the USA. I have been over there four times to visit her.

My daughter Janice suffers from Downs Syndrome but she is very talented and has just competed in the Special Olympics, I have travelled to support her at numerous events around the country.

I worked as a machinist, specialising in ladies’ tailoring and later I owned a shop in Sumner.

I have only recently come to Essie Summers and I am greatly enjoying it here. I’ve found the people friendly, the meals splendid and the outings a joy.

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