Post­hu­mous award for com­mu­nity stal­wart

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - SAM KILMISTER

A well-known Manawatu per­son­al­ity died two days be­fore be­ing no­ti­fied she was up for a re­spected award.

Lor­raine Miles was recog­nised with a post­hu­mous award for 30 years ser­vice to the New Zealand Women’s In­sti­tute last week.

Her daugh­ter Sarah Carter, along with other fam­ily mem­bers, re­ceived the award from na­tional pres­i­dent Kay Hart at a cer­e­mony in Palmer­ston North.

Miles died on Fe­bru­ary 20, aged 76. She also worked with the Feild­ing Kowhai Lions Club for 34 years and was an ex­pert in band­ing peo­ple to­gether for a good cause. Miles was most fa­mous for be­ing the driv­ing force be­hind the lively Op Shop Fashion Pa­rade and com­i­cal Mr Feild­ing com­pe­ti­tions in the 1990s.

‘‘She would al­ways be look­ing for a new chal­lenge,’’ Carter said. She was a per­son with a lot of get up and go – very out­go­ing, very cheer­ful and the most amaz­ing, kind per­son.‘‘

Miles first joined the Bun­nythorpe Women’s In­sti­tute in the 1980s, but de­clin­ing num­bers saw the group dis­band. She didn’t stop giv­ing back to the older mem­bers though, pick­ing them up for lunch each week.

Kaye Hart, sec­ond from right, presents an award to Lor­raine Miles’ fam­ily.

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