A Life of Living

She was a single Mum who in 1961, travelled half-way around the world to provide a happy and better future for her four children, aged four to seventeen years.
Giving up or in without trying their best was not an option for Mum or her sister Mary left behind in England. Together they showed us how to live life and be willing to take chances. To always do our best and take those first steps, even when the odds were stacked against us.
My Mum was as brave as they come.
She found new roads to forge, and moved on with a ‘grin and bear it’ attitude; there was no alternative.
Failure was never an option.

She knew there were tough times and hard work ahead, but she made the first steps every time and told us,
‘It will work out for the best.’
Even now I believe it will; it is just that the tears make the vision cloudy.

To Mum, life was to be lived. Each day was new with new things to do, new people to meet and friendships to make. Where she went, what she did and whom she met were a happy part of out weekly phone calls.
I miss our chats.

Mum supported those who needed it and encouraged a cheerful optimism in others when taking first steps to unknown futures. Her own uncertainty, masked by her purposeful actions and shining hope filled eyes, kept her taking numerous first steps.
What ever Mum did she did for the best and always with love.

Mum loved music, to sing and to dance
When I was little she balanced my feet on her toes and taught me to dance, too.
Dressed to the nines, Mum waltzed, quickstepped and danced sending the grey times away.
Music still masks and eases the hurts of life.

With her children grown she moved to the small country town of Owen in South Australia and she gained a new-found self-confidence and started to expand her personal horizons.
For the first time she found friendship in community life, and a place where she was welcomed and her talents acknowledged and openly appreciated.
Mum’s favourite craft was tatting which she taught herself. Using books and unrelenting practice she perfected the art. Mum produced many intricate pieces of lace. Other handcrafts which Mum perfected included embroidery of many styles, crocheting, knitting and painting.
All these activities gained her prizes in competitions with the Country Women’s Association, Table Days in South Australia.
Mum shared her knowledge with all generations who wanted to learn.
I am so proud of my Mum.

In 1978, at the age of sixty, Mum decided to learn how to drive and took another first step. She went out and bought a V W Combi Van, and hired a driving instructor. Gaining her licence she travelled across the South Australian countryside, visiting family and friends.
She might have driven in the slow lane but she always got to where she was going.

True to her optimistic self, she decided she was going to play Golf.
She used the same formula as before. She bought herself some clubs, a bag and a buggy and then joined the Owen Golf club. She gained a handicap of 36 and played in the Ladies competition on Tuesdays at Owen, at Open Days around the district and on weekend with family.
Mum challenged the odds and continued to succeed.

As my Mum she taught me to sew and over many years as my friend we shared the world of fashion and ballroom dancing. Together we made gowns, organised Expos and fashion parades and created costumes for festival and theatre productions.
Mum loved dressing up and always was a Lady. She sat in our shop dressed in period costume, made jewellery and showed customers how to make the different pieces. Her enthusiasm for creating beauty was infectious.
During my adult life my Mum became my friend.
Whether portraying English country landscapes as she remembered them or a collection of flowers from the garden, her paintings in oils are a reminder of her encouragement to us to believe in our untapped abilities.
Her last canvas finished on August 20th 2007, was a copy of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. This resides with her friend Mary in NSW. Regardless of what life threw at her, the brilliant colours of her Sunflowers are a tribute to the ingrained nature of my Mum and my friend.
Mum had a fall, which in turn caused a stroke on August 21st.
Mum died at 11.30am on the 12th September 2007.
Her undying spirit remains with all who remember her.
My Mum lived life, made friends and still travels on sunshine.
Shine Mum shine!

A Life of Living



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