Memories of big-hearted woman
FORMER New Norfolk shopkeeper Eileen Thorley will be remembered by friends at an afternoon tea next week.
Mrs Thorley, who operated her Pennyworth bric-a-brac shop for about 20 years, passed away aged 90 on June 24.
A private funeral was held last week.
Mrs Thorley’s eldest daughter Cherilyn Carey said her mother was “generous to a T” and that is the way she would be remembered by the community.
Mrs Thorley moved to New Norfolk from Sydney in 1990 and had a stall in the Drill Hall and a store on Charles St before opening Pennyworth.
“If anyone needed something that was in her shop, she would say ‘it’s OK, you take it’,” Ms Carey said.
“She was there to help people and that’s been her life.”
Mrs Thorley had three children, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Friend and customer Ruth Howie is organising an afternoon tea at the New Norfolk RSL Club on July 13 at 2pm for people to share their memories of Mrs Thorley. All are welcome.
“Wear an outrageous scarf as Eileen would like us to get together for all those funny stories of hers which endeared her to each of us,” Ms Howie said.
Ms Howie said Mrs Thorley’s Burnett St shop had been a haven for many people.
“She was a big-hearted little woman,” Ms Howie said.
“She always helped the down and out and many people would sit and chat with her in the shop.”
The shop closed about a year ago but the premises were used as a second-hand shop in ABC-TV’s Rosehaven.