GOOD TIMES: Vera Geall pictured with her husband Samuel on their wedding day in November 1942.
GOOD TIMES: Vera Geall pictured with her husband Samuel on their wedding day in November 1942. Contributed

Celebrating a beautiful life

BILOELA recently lost a well loved and respected member of the community, with the passing of Vera Annie Geall, on Tuesday, May 28.

Vera's daughter, Leanne Whelan, said the family was holding together reasonably well, two weeks after Vera's passing.

"We're all going fairly well,” Ms Whelan said.

"Mum had a great life and we realised she was getting tired at the finish.

"It's sad but we were blessed with 96 years.”

Ms Whelan said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family.

"It was a really beautiful passing actually,” Ms Whelan said.

"We all visited the day before, the whole family had been there until 8 o'clock.

"Her favourite thing was KFC chips.

"The night before she passed, she couldn't eat it, but she tasted the salt on it and smelt them.

"We sang Amazing Grace to her as she took her last breath.”

Known for being a happy, go-getting type of person, nothing stopped Vera from enjoying herself with her family.

"Last 18 months or so she was either in the wheelchair or bed bound,” Ms Whelan said. "Cheeky and enjoyed a party still at 95.

"She went to Geoff and Yvonne's wedding anniversary, out till near midnight.

"And she got in trouble when she got back to home for being late!”

Vera had a great impact on the Biloela community.

She was heavily involved in community groups like the bowls club, church, RSL and Country Women's Association.

"She was life member and treasurer of the CWA, dating back to 1946 as a founding member in Biloela,” Ms Whelan said.

"A strong member of the church.

"The RSL building here is named the Patton Vera Geall building because the first block of timber came off our farm.”

Vera's funeral service was held on June 1 at St Andrew's in Biloela, where her family and friends did all they could to make sure they were a part of it.

"It was a lovely service, large crowd and a great celebration of her life,” Ms Whelan said.

"One of my nieces is deaf so she flew in an interpreter to understand the service.

"My daughter is just joining the air force, she couldn't make it, so her husband Facetimed the service to her.

"Other people commented after the service,” Ms Whelan said.

"Hearing what her life was, they wanted to be a better person.

"She leaves a legacy of love and family.”

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