20 May 2012
One hundred years ago she was born in Utrecht, Holland. Yesterday the proud centenarian, Mrs. Anna NYENHUIS, celebrated her birthday in Despatch with relatives from near and far. Dressed In pastel pink, she was wheeled into the foyer of the Huis Najaar Old Age home where she has spent the last three years. A crowd at relatives, many from Stellenbosch and Cape Town, welcomed her with gifts and a festive spread. Among the visitors were her three surviving children. They were the youngest, Mr. Raymond NYENHUIS, 67, of Uitenhage, Mrs. Carmen POTGIETER, 69, of Despatch, and Mrs. Hendrika MYBURGH, 79, of Stellenbosch.
Mrs. NYENHUIS heads four family generations. She has 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great great grandchilren. She is the only surviving member of a family of 12, the KOELEMAN family, who immigrated to South Africa in 1888. Her father was a wagon builder.
Her late husband, Mr. Berend NYENHUIS, was for many years the station-master at what is today the Johannesburg station, during the time of President Paul KRUGER. Mrs. NYENHUIS lived in Despatch for 25 years with her son. Raymond, and his wife, Mien, before moving to the old age home.