COALSTOUN LAKES MOURNS ELAINE
BORN Elaine Marion Cocking on September 18, 1927, Elaine lived with her family at “Hillyview” at Coalstoun Lakes which was selected by one of her grandfathers in 1908.
Her other grandfather was also a pioneer of the Coalstoun Lakes area so she was very proud of her family history here.
On January 26, 1952, Elaine married Stanley Roy Hunter. They lived in Doolbi and Childers before moving back to Hillyview in 1959.
Born and raised on the farm, there was nothing she wouldn’t do.
She was always lending a hand even when she was told not to or she was cooking up a storm in the kitchen for every meal of the day.
Even when she had to resort to using a walking stick, she would still make her way to the yards when there was cattle work to be done.
There was no way she was going to miss out.
Roy and Elaine had dairy cattle for many years with Elaine having a name for every cow.
She loved hand feeding the little calves and even had an area named Elaine’s cafeteria where she fed them.
When they finished dairying in 1974, it gave Elaine more time to spend in her beloved garden.
She could grow absolutely anything so consequently her garden kept expanding especially with her favourites the frangipani and hibiscus.
She had many fruit trees and a big vegetable patch but they had to go by the wayside as she got older.
Her favourite place to sit was the front veranda at Hillyview which overlooked her garden and the valley.
Elaine was a talent at sewing, knitting and crocheting. She never owned a bought dress as she always made her own clothes.
She could sew a dress just by seeing a picture in a magazine.
She also made all the clothes for her children Gary and Wendy when they were younger.
Her original Singer sewing machine still sits proudly and fully operational in her sewing room.
She loved being in the kitchen cooking up a storm whether it be for a family get-together, a cent auction or the Biggenden Show.
For many years she would spend weeks before the show cooking her entries whether it be cakes, lollies or jams.
The family loved this time of the year because if god forbid, a cake came out of the oven with a crack in it, it was all theirs for the taking.
When she thought that she should give someone else a chance to win, she became a judge with Joyce Fowler travelling around the area to different shows.
She always cooked heaps for the local cent auctions especially her famous chocolate fudge.
Elaine was always there with a helping hand at any function at the local hall whether it was cleaning up the hall beforehand, working in the kitchen, washing up or cleaning up afterwards.
Like her mother, Marcella, Elaine was a naturally gifted pianist.
At just 14 Elaine earned a distinction in Associate of Music which would allow her to attend the Music Conservatorium in Brisbane except that she was under the minimum age.
She played the piano, organ and piano accordion on many occasions including concerts, dances and many weddings, the first when she was just 12 years old.
She often played at the Rainbow Room at the Biggenden Hospital for the oldies.
Her greatest pleasure by far, however, was playing for the Dundarrah Dumplings every New Year’s Eve at the Marshall residence.
She liked nothing more than having people standing around the piano or organ having a good old-fashioned singalong.
Nothing upset her more than when she began to get arthritis in her fingers and wasn’t able to play to perfection.
Although no one else could tell if she hit a wrong note, it mattered to her so her playing became less frequent.
Even at home when she was surrounded by only her family, she didn’t like to play because it wouldn’t be perfect. That’s how much she loved it.
Elaine loved having her family around her, especially her grand-kids.
Even as dementia set in in the last 12 months, she could still come out with some one-liners that would leave her family in stitches.
She was devastated when she lost her beloved Roy last December.
A few months ago she had to leave Hillyview and move to the aged care section of the Biggenden Hospital where she received exceptional care until her death on September 2.
REMEMBERED: The late Elaine Hunter of Coalstoun Lakes with her late husband Roy.