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FOSKIN, ALICE nee STEVENSON

 

Alice Stevenson was born on the 22 February 1907 at Kapuni, the daughter of James Francis and Mary May Stevenson nee Cross.  Mary died at the age of 33, seven months after the birth of twins.  A Mrs Thompson was the housekeeper for many years, with additional household help.

 

Alice attended Kapuni School from 1912 until 1920.  She then went to New Plymouth Girls High School, and boarded at Scotlands hostel.  Alice was obviously a bright student.  Her ability at Kapuni School was rewarded by annual book awards, still retained by the family.

 

While a student at New Plymouth Girls High School, Alice entered the vocal section of the Hambro competitions and competed successfully.  She eventually became an elocution teacher and performed publicly with mime, recitation and vocal renditions.

 

In the late 1920's, Alice qualified as a Karitane Nurse in Wanganui.

 

In 1931, she married Edwin Moyle at Opunake, but was widowed two years later.  After this, Alice ran a boarding house at Mill Road, New Plymouth.

 

In 1936, she married Patrick Foskin, a farm worker from Opunake.  Alice purchased a property of 18 acres on Manaia Road, (still in the family) and the couple made their home there.  Their first daughter was born in 1937.  Alice was quick to identify pyloric stenosis (projectile vomiting) in this child, although the medical profession thought this condition mainly applied to boys.  Her Karitane training held her in good stead to cope with the ensuing operation and post-operative care.

 

Two more children were born, and then on the 2 October 1941, at the age of 33, Alice died of blood poisoning following a stillbirth.  She is buried at the Manaia cemetery.

 

SOURCE

Foskin family