NOT FORGOTTEN: 90-year-old Violet Engel lived in Goovigen since 1955, raising six kids and enjoying life in the family property.
NOT FORGOTTEN: 90-year-old Violet Engel lived in Goovigen since 1955, raising six kids and enjoying life in the family property.

Goovigen farewells big piece of community

ALMOST half the population of Goovigen attended the funeral service of Violet Engel (90) at the Goovigen Community Hall recently.

Violet Engel passed away at 6.30am on February 12.

Daughter-in-law Sue Engel (56) was in attendance and she said her mother-in-law was a strong woman who loved life on the land with her family.

“She was very strong and you had to be back in the day, things were tough on the farm,” Mrs Engel said.

“She was very giving because she had six kids.

“Loved her family, animals, the farm life and travelling.”

The mother of six was born in Rockhampton in 1930 and grew up and attended school in Jambin before moving to Goovigen in 1955 where she would live with her husband William (deceased) on the family property where Mrs Engel and her husband John also lived.

Violet’s health took a bad turn a couple of years ago and she was eventually diagnosed with bladder cancer about six months before she passed.

“Violet lived with her youngest daughter Shirley up north at Bloomsbury for a couple of years,” Mrs Engel said.

“Doctors at the Mackay Hospital said she needed more help than being at home and they brought her back to Biloela to Wahroonga aged care where I work, where she spent six weeks with me.

“Although she was really ill it was good to have the best care come that time.”

Bingo, gardening, and travelling all around Australia and New Zealand were some of Violet’s passions according to Mrs Engel.

“She had jobs at Teys Brothers and at Greens Motors but spent the majority of her married life looking after the kids on the property,” Mrs Engel said.

“It was very upsetting for her kids because they were so close to their mother.

“She worked hard her whole life and enjoyed any chance to catch up with family and friends.”


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