Mulwala’s Pat Talbot farewelled
An overflowing crowd of mourners at St Brigid’s Catholic Church bid farewell to Mulwala icon Pat Talbot on Monday. Pat, 84, passed away at Yarrawonga Hospital on Wednesday, March 21.
The Funeral Mass celebrating the life of the much respected and popular Pat, and affectionately known as ‘Patsy’, was conducted by parish priest Fr Rick Micallef, assisted by former parish priest Fr Bernie Thomas.
Fr Micallef said Pat’s generosity and welcoming attitude to all was reflected in the service’s Opening Hymn ‘Come As You Are’, which he personally experienced with dinners in the Talbot household.
“Pat and Paul made me feel at home. It was a privilege to know Pat. She had a sense of humor and was loved by all her children and grandchildren who can cherish so many wonderful memories,” Fr Rick said.
The eulogy was delivered by niece, Chloe Johnson, daughter of Allan and Liz. Chloe’s well-presented eulogy included the following: “Pat was born Patricia Mary McGrath on 18th October 1933 in Yarrawonga. She was the fourth child of James and Annie where they lived in Mulwala.
“Pat completed all of her schooling in Mulwala and began working at the raincoat and shoe factory in Yarrawonga. Moving to Melbourne briefly for a few years, she returned in her early twenties to look after her sick mother and disabled sister.
“After caring for her mother for a number of years, Pat then commenced employment at the Mulwala Post Office as the first female postie in 1958. It was here that she met Paul Talbot from Wahgunyah, who was working as a mail contractor. They were married in 1961 at this very church.
“Nana and Pop went on to have seven children - Leanne, Greg, Chris, Dot, Paula, Kylie and Jenny. Nana and Pop shared a beautiful relationship. They were never apart and the best of friends. Mail runs as the family business were a big part of their life and were a great opportunity to teach all the kids how to drive.
“Pat’s life revolved around her children. In their younger years she was involved with their school and sporting groups and there was lots of juggling.
“Most winters the family headed up to Queensland for a family holiday. Pat and Paul had a great social life. Growing up in a small town, Pat had many close friends.
“Paul’s years in council (25 years Corowa Shire Council) also included many social outings with great friends. Paul says that whenever he had to get up to speak Patsy would give him some sound public speaking advice to ‘not carry on’.
“The phone was always a hotline with townsfolk calling through to discuss council issues - so much so that Pat was always calling out to Paul in the yard to come to the phone. A pet cockatoo was known to mimic Patsy calling out at all times of day: ‘Paul, you’re wanted on the phone’. It was hard to tell whether it was Pat or the bird.
“Nana loved her 14 grandchildren and was lucky enough to spend plenty of quality time with them and see them grow into beautiful young men and women.” Grandchildren Abbie Hicks and Judd Hooper recalled many cherished memories with their well combine tribute.
The cortege left for the Mulwala Cemetery, via the Talbot’s residence in Edward Street Mulwala. Hundreds of mourners then recalled wonderful memories of Pat at ClubMulwala.