Joy Armour is a Uki legend

Uki’s Joy Armour has always been a pillar of her community, and this year clocked up her 61st year with the local Red Cross.
Uki’s Joy Armour has always been a pillar of her community, and this year clocked up her 61st year with the local Red Cross. Blainey Woodham

EVERYONE tells Uki's Joy Armour she's special.

"But I don't think I am," the 90-year-old says, from the veranda of her 102-year-old home.

"I'm just me."

Well Joy you are, probably in one of very few instances in your life, wrong: you are special.

This specialness goes far beyond Ms Armour's 61 years working for the local Red Cross, though its core role in the quality of person she - and her community - is, cannot be denied.

"When I started, I was mainly helping raise money to send away.

"We have a street stall that's been going for ever: on the first Friday in June, our winter appeal; and the first Friday in December, our Christmas appeal."

"Last time we made $2000 for the day (during one street stall)."

Mrs Armour is still engaged in Red Cross Calling, which involves phoning the sick or frail to check up on them and following up with visits in the event of no response.

"Uki Red Cross is also hosting the Uki Ball for the second year," she said.

"The Red Cross is a worthwhile cause because we help people. Everyone who's had a house burned, we help them out.

"We used to take sandwiches to people, and whenever people get lost on Mount Warning we help find them."

Mrs Armour had four sons and two daughters with her husband, who died 25 years ago and now has 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren - after she sadly lost the eldest and youngest - and three great-great-grandchildren she "never expected".

Someone once asked, after her husband died, why she did not move to Murwillumbah.

"Where can I live in Murwillumbah where I can just walk into town and get what I need?" was her response.

Only three of her 90 years were spent living outside Uki, in Bangalow, after her husband was transferred by Norco Milk to Binna Burra.

"We enjoyed the stay there, but got a bit home- sick so came back.

"Mount Warning," she said. "Every time you go away on holidays, when you see old Mount Warning you know you're home."

Mrs Armour was Red Cross treasurer for 23 and 20 as president, until 2006.

She said that under current president Pauline Carroll the Uki Red Cross had "a good future; I think so, with these young ones taking over".

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