Madie was born in Adelaide, attending school in Adelaideand FortBeaufort. Her sister Hesther (wife of Eugene Locke, Professor of Physical Education at Rhodes) had preceded her, so G.T.C. was well known to her and her Fort Beaufort friend, Madge Greyvensteyn (Bloemhof). She was a quiet dependable student, neat and caring and always willing to help. She was a boon to us at Bangor for her Afrikaans was impeccable and she never tired of helping, as she was a born teacher. In her Final year she was Head of Bangor.
She was the Domestic Science teacher at Rocklands G.H.S., Cradock until she married in 1951, Derius Erasmus, a farmer, and had two daughters. At the early age of 41 her husband had a heart attack. Their lives changed dramatically and after a second heart attack they had to leave the farm, for a town residence where he died. Eight years later Madie married her widowed brother-in-law and they enjoyed 11 happy years together. Click to continue »