Anyway, soon enough I was distracted by someone else’s sister. Soon after Don Carter married Judith Hunt, I got engaged to Judy Beeston. Judy can’t be with us today, but she wrote the following:
Over the years, I have been part of many women’s groups all over the world. As women have been known to do from time to time, we would talk. Often the subject of mothers-in-law would come up. I would sit and listen to horror stories of the mothers-in-law from Hell. Then, I would quietly say, “Well, I’m sorry, but I love my mother-in-law. She is the best.”
The first time I met Gran was when I was invited for tea with the New Road Trio to be followed with a practise. I was to sing with them at the Cabaret run by the Department of Christian Education on the Gold Coast. I was young and a little nervous about eating with these people I didn’t know. I swear when I walked in there was an aura around the table. The silver sparkled and the glasses glistened. I was sure I wouldn’t be able to swallow a thing and would be sure to pick up the wrong piece of cutlery. Then I met Gran. She was ease personified. Her ready chuckle and down-to earth attitude made me love her immediately.