By CRAIG McTEAR
THE Harbour Drive home where Lizzy Williams has lived for 76 years was overflowing with members of her large tribe yesterday.
They came to celebrate her 95th birthday in style, and to marvel at her tremendous health.
"I don't know what I'd do without them," Lizzy said.
When asked how it felt to reach 95 last Wednesday, Lizzy replied: "I don't feel any different to what I used to be, although I am a bit slower because I have trouble walking around.
"I've had a good life and a hard life."
She also said the secret to a long life involved hard work.
"I reared nine children," she said.
She also has 30 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.
Lizzy was born in Bellingen and had her early schooling near Thora before heading to boarding school at Bellingen.
She moved to Coffs Harbour when she was 16, and it was the first time she saw the ocean.
"I nearly got drowned when waves dumped me, and I've never been back in since," she said.
She met her future husband, Bob, in Coffs Harbour. He passed away back in 1980.
As well as being a mum, she also worked as a domestic at Coffs Harbour hospital and helped out with the Pink Ladies.
"Coffs Harbour has gone ahead out of sight over the years. All this along here (Harbour Drive) was nothing but sand and scrub when we came to Coffs Harbour.
"I think Coffs Harbour has changed for the better. It was like a one-horse town when we came over here."