About Mavis Mary Marillier (Mandy)
EASTERN PROVINCE HERALD 7 September 1979
BATHURST GRANNY IN 16 KM WALK.
by Jill Joubert.
A redoubtable Bathurst grandmother celebrated her 76th birthday this week by walking 16 kilometres to Port Alfred as a participant in a sponsored walk which will see a fund for
the proposed Port Alfred Hospital about R400 richer. She is Mrs. M. MARILLIER who with her sister, Mrs. J.E. TIMM joined the band of 13 in the big walk. Mrs. TIMM turns 70
soon. Asked whether they had found it a strain Mrs. TIMM said, "No, not really. We have no transport and walk wherever we go. But the road was a little rough in places and our feet got a bit sore." Mrs. TIMM wore her regular walking shoes. Her sister wore takkies (sneakers).
She said all 13 walkers finished with a little encouragement. They left Bathurst at 9am. The front runners got to the Kowie by 11.40 am beating Mrs. TIMM by a bare five minutes Mrs. MARILLIER clocked in at noon - just in time for tea and sandwiches at the local tea shop. Cars which had followed the walkers from Bathurst in case of a mishap provided transport back. Each walker was sponsored by friends or relatives at ten or 20 cents a kilometre.
Asked whether she and her sister had undertaken special training she said "Not really, but we both do a good deal of walking. It is 4 kilometres to the post office and back and
we go regularly for recreational walks round and about the village".
The sisters whose maiden name was MANDY were born in the district and according to Mrs. TIMM eventually 'came back to roost'. Both are farmers' widows and each has her own home. Between them they have 14 children.