After 64 years, Jean says farewell
EIDSVOLD said farewell to a woman who was an integral part of the fabric of life in the town since 1948.
Jean Slack’s eyesight was failing, she had a few health scares and realised it was time she found a place where she could still be independent but where help and companionship was on site.
And although the 96-year-old had many friends in Eidsvold, no family members lived in the town.
Daughter Jan Misfeld inquired about a place for Jean at the Eidsvold Multipurpose Centre but there was a waiting list. She believed her mother needed care immediately and was able to find a suitable assisted village in Toowoomba.
“The good thing about Toowoomba is that Jean’s granddaughter Sarah and greatgrandsons Fletcher and Louis live there,” Mrs Misfeld said.
“Louis is mum’s favourite because dad’s name was Louis.”
Jean came to the area in 1940 as a farmer’s wife and raised her family in Eidsvold.
Her early bush home still stands along the old Eidsvold to Gayndah Rd, past Lochaber.
Jean, Louis and their children Jan and Bill moved into town in 1948 for the school and a few years later, son Mervyn completed the family.
Jean was an active member of almost every club and organisation in Eidsvold and especially loved the bowls club, of which she is a foundation member and where her recent farewell was held.
“Until quite recently, Jean played bowls every Sunday and was a pretty good bowler, too,” friend Hinke Johnson said.
“She always assisted with the catering and functions, right up until she moved to Toowoomba.
“She’s as alert as ever and her hearing’s fine but macular degeneration is claiming her eyesight.”
Jean took up dressmaking in the 1950s and she made the gowns of many debutantes and brides.
“Mum still enjoys sewing, so I’m going to thread some needles and leave them where she can find them easily,” Mrs Misfeld said.
“She’s a bit of a trick, always calls a spade a spade and likes to be independent.”
Jean has spent her life helping and being involved in the community, firstly at school, then in local organisations like the ambulance committee, hospital auxiliary, choir, Anglican Guild, CWA and her favourite, the op shop.
“When we drove out of Eidsvold with her, she was talking about the op shop and wondering what the ladies were up to,” Mrs Misfeld said.
“Since we’ve been here packing up her home, I’ve phoned her every day and am confident that she’s starting to fit in. She’s been playing scrabble and making name tags and they’re constructing a mini bowling green at the village, which she’ll love.”
BELOVED RESIDENT FAREWELLED: At her Eidsvold farewell party, 96-year-old Jean Slack (middle, in blue dress) was surrounded by friends and family, including daughter Jan Misfeld and husband Leon, son Bill Slack and his wife Jan and son Mervyn Slack and his wife June.