This is the contribution I sent for Nan’s memorial service (that I could not attend).
It goes without saying that I wish that I could be there to share in the celebration of our Nan’s long life. I am happy that she got to meet my wife Melody in person, and it gives me great pleasure to know that she was able to enjoy pictures and videos of our twin girls Ainsley and Isla. Nan was always welcoming, gracious, and giving of her time.
Some of my earliest memories were of the days that I’d get to walk from Gabbinbar to her place in the afternoons. She would (probably secretly) provide me with the special smooth peanut butter, white bread, and that amazingly delicious spreadable margarine that mum wouldn’t let us have. Nan made sure that we had fun any time we were there….. probably as payment for us helping deal with the TV that routinely wouldn’t change channels for her. It was a highlight of the week, when we got to go for long walks through the Water Bird Habitat, and then later when we spent time in Withcott…. her place was like going on a mini-holiday.
I am confident that everyone in attendance, and those that couldn’t be there in person, have a million stories to share, and that is a testament to Nan as a person, and also as the matriarch of that sprawling branch of our family tree.