Sisters unite for emotional reunion

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Jakeb WaddellBroome Advertiser

An emotional reunion took place at Broome Anglican Church last week, when a 69-year-old woman reminisced about her wedding 50 years ago with her three bridesmaids.

When she married Kevin Fraser at the church in 1967, Marilyn Fraser had the love and support of the family who adopted her at age 13.

Her guardian Jack Knox, who she called “Uncle Jack”, walked her down the aisle and her sisters Sue Giesen and Gwen and Jacqueline Knox were selected to be her bridesmaids.

However, the next time the four sisters would be together at the same church was last Monday.

Once married, Mrs Fraser moved around the State for her husband’s work, before settling down in Northam, with Mrs Giesen the only sister to stay in Broome.

The unfortunate circumstance of their brother Robert Knox’s funeral brought the sisters back to Broome last week, but they quickly saw the bright side of their situation, meeting at the church last Monday to celebrate Mr and Mrs Fraser’s golden wedding anniversary.

Mrs Fraser said she experienced deja vu when she arrived at the church, which brought back happy memories for her.

“To have all of us at the same place at the same time is absolutely amazing,” she said.

“Coming to the church was such a great idea and my husband was so delighted about me coming to do this, he wishes he was here with us all.

“The church itself looks exactly the same and I just have so many beautiful memories about that day.”

Mrs Giesen reiterated that the wedding day was very special for the family.

“My father Jack Knox adopted Marilyn and it was such a special moment when he walked her down the aisle.

“Marilyn brightened up our lives and it was tremendous to be there for her on that day and its even more tremendous to be here with her now.”

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