Irene Crispin celebrated her 104th birthday at Whiddon Group Grafton.
Irene Crispin celebrated her 104th birthday at Whiddon Group Grafton. Adam Hourigan

Irene Crispin passes away at 104

ONE of the Clarence Valley's well-loved residents and treasures Irene Crispin has passed away at the age of 104.

Son Neville said his mother died on Friday, February 23 after a short illness, and paid tribute to her longevity and character.

"She certainly had a good innings," he said.

"She had her finger on the pulse, there was nothing that got past her right up until the end.

"She certainly still had a better memory than most too."

Speaking after her 104th birthday, the Clarence Valley's second-oldest resident put her longevity down to training greyhounds and a positive outlook.

"My grandmother said to me when I was a little girl, 'you're put in this world to help your fellow man If you can't do him a good turn, never do him a bad one', and I've tried to adhere to that all my life. God's been good to me and I've had a good life, a happy life, and I've met such lovely people I can call my friends.

"What more can you ask?

"That's what you call happiness."

Irene's funeral will be held at the Christ Church Cathedral at 2pm on Wednesday.


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