Mem­o­ries of big-hearted woman

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

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.

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