Cen­tu­rion May farewelled

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Vera May Nixon, who turned 100-years-of-age on June 11, passed away on Au­gust 20 and was farewelled by some 120 mourn­ers at St Mary’s Catholic Church Corowa on Septem­ber 4.

The eu­logy was de­liv­ered by grand­daugh­ters El­iz­a­beth, An­drea and Cyn­thia Nixon, which in­cluded: “May, as she was known to all, had a very long and full life. She was a won­der­ful wife, mother, sis­ter, aunty, grand­mother and great grand­mother, and she gath­ered an enor­mous group of friends.

“May was born at the Tal­bot fam­ily prop­erty ‘Roslyn Grange’ at Coreen. She was the sec­ond daugh­ter of Joseph Ephriam and Sarah Tal­bot. At the age of eight, she started as a boarder at Ruther­glen Con­vent fol­lowed by sec­ondary school in Mel­bourne at the Acad­emy of Mary Im­mac­u­late in Fitzroy, where amongst other things she learnt the vi­o­lin.

“She joined the war ef­fort, en­list­ing in the Aus­tralian Army on 27th Novem­ber 1942 in Mel­bourne, fin­ish­ing in De­cem­ber 1946. She was based in Prahran along­side the army bar­racks in Fawkner Park and had the rank of Lance Sergeant.

“May mar­ried Gor­don in 1954 and for their hon­ey­moon trav­elled to New Zealand by ‘fly­ing boat’ (as then de­scribed). They lived to­gether at ‘May­lands’ at Rand, where she be­came in­volved in farm­ing and home du­ties which in­cluded car­ing for Trevor. Gor­don’s first wife Marion had passed away five years pre­vi­ously. At Rand she joined in com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and played golf and bowls. She was a great sup­porter of the lo­cal footy team.

“At this time she helped her sis­ter Joyce (who was ill) by car­ing for her twins Mary and Ger­ard Blair de­vel­op­ing a very close last­ing re­la­tion­ship with them.

“In 1966 af­ter Trevor mar­ried Lynette, Gor- don and May de­cided to move to Corowa. In Corowa she joined in bowls, Probus, Catholic Ladies, CWA, Meals on Wheels and many other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Grand­chil­dren were her joy and so she be­gan a great re­la­tion­ship with her grand­daugh­ters Liz, An­drea, and Cyn­thia, and grand­son Phil. She also trea­sured her four great grand­chil­dren, Ned, Tilly, Se­bas­tian and Lach­lan. We loved her dearly.

“May had strong be­liefs and we ad­mired her for this even though she could be de­ter­mined in her ways at times. For ex­am­ple, she refused to wear pants un­til she was 85, even though com­plain­ing of the cold. But once she changed her mind, she never went back to skirts again.

“She did a won­der­ful job car­ing for Gor­don in his twi­light years, He passed away in 1996. May con­tin­ued to live in the fam­ily home in River Street for as long as she could, fi­nally mov­ing to Karinya where she spent the last 14 months of her life. Even in these last months that twin­kle in her deep blue eyes was still there and as a fam­ily we would like to ac­knowl­edge the won­der­ful and pro­fes­sional care she re­ceived at Karinya.”

Cel­e­brant Fa­ther Paul Hart, who con­ducted the fu­neral ser­vice, de­scribed May as “a per­son of spirit, wel­com­ing and great carer” who had “a great in­nings”.

“May was in­volved in lots of things. She was a strong per­son, a per­son of great char­ac­ter. She’d go out strid­ing in the rain with her walk­ing stick when oth­ers would stay in­side!” Fr Hart said. “There was a good crowd at the fu­neral.”

Fol­low­ing the Com­mit­tal Ser­vice at the Corowa Lawn Ceme­tery, mourn­ers gath­ered at Corowa RSL Club to share re­fresh­ments and re­call many fond mem­o­ries of May.

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