Much loved great granny celebrates 100th birthday

from left: daughter Moira Schionning, sin David Hall, right: daughter Felicity de Necker Front: Ruth Hall

The much-loved centenarian celebrated the auspicious milestone and was surrounded by close family and friends who heaped praise on her warm-hearted, compassionate character.
The celebration attracted family from throughout South Africa and from many corners of the world. Ruth’s son David Hall and family came from New Zealand, daughter Moira Schionning and her family also came from New Zealand and Paris, and her daughter, Felicity, and her family came from Cape Town
More than 160 relatives, including some special guests and friends, surrounded Ruth while she was serenaded by 17 children from the Thembelihle’s Children’s Choir led by John Tungay. They sang a selection of songs composed especially for them by Ruth, including a new children’s national anthem.
Ruth was born in 1917, and grew up in Umzinto, the eldest child of SJ and Hilda Leisegang. Her dad was of Norwegian missionary stock, and mother Hilda (nee Tissiman) descended from early Natal settlers.
She married her husband in 1947, moved to Gleniffer, the family farm, and raised three children: David, Felicity, and Moira. Ruth developed her passion for gardening, and her Amberfield garden reflects this. Her interest in music was constant. She was also the organist at Luke’s Anglican Church in Estcourt for years.
She has 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, still plays her piano, grows beautiful flowers, bakes delicious scones and crumpets and paints watercolours.

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