District woman marks 90th birthday

Recently, a come and go tea was held at the Emo Legion for Tina Visser, who was celebrating her 90th birthday.
She greeted everyone upon their arrival with a broad smile, clearly happy to have everyone there for her special occasion. I don’t know how many came, but I could say the Legion was buzzing with enthusiasm.
Tina’s son, John, and his wife, Liz, came from British Columbia, staying a month to get those lonesome days looking brighter for a short period.
Tina was born in Friesland, The Netherlands on Nov. 1, 1913 and she later married Lourens Visser. The couple had a cigar factory in Drachten, Friesland, and there also had five boys, Richard, John, Syd, Sam, and Meine.
In August, 1957, the family immigrated to Canada, originally settling in Brampton, Ont. They later relocated to Transcona, Man. before finally settling in Rainy River District.
Tina and her family first lived on River Road, then the Devlin Road, and then moved to the farm on the highway just east of Emo.
Over the years, Tina has been actively involved with the Emo Museum and the Women’s Institute. She has been the treasurer for many years, and has attended W.I. workshops around the world.
In fact, she still is actively involved in various museum events and meetings.
Tina also continues to enjoy travelling. This past summer, she went to The Netherlands for three weeks with her son, Richard, and her two granddaughters, Melanie and Lauren.
Recently, she travelled to Vancouver to attend the wedding of her oldest grandson, Roy.
Tina also keeps busy with her great-grandchildren. Her two oldest , Jaryd and Rachel Elias, live right across the road along with the newest addition, Gavin Elias.
Tina also has a great-granddaughter in Dryden (Alyssa McCready) as well as twin great-grandchildren in California (Austin and Alexandria Hofman).
Tina celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends at the Emo Legion on Sunday, No. 2, 2003. Out-of-town family on hand included Charlene Visser from Regina, John and Liz Visser from Surrey, B.C., and Don, Melanie, and Alyssa McCready from Dryden.

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