Vale: Laura Newham

Life poses many challenges and so it did for Laura Margaret Newham who passed away late last year.
Nanjing Night Net

But Mrs Newham always faced those challenges with resilience aided byher great sense of humour and some homemade cooking.

Laura Margaret Gallagher was born on August 20, 1930 and grew up on farms at Archerfield and Maison Dieu. She was one of six girls of Gertie and Doug Gallagher.

As a teenager she took sewing lessons in Singleton with Miss Delahunty and Mrs Bowe. The skills learnt from these women were used by Mrs Newham for the remainder of her life.

Inher early 20s she married Cyril Roots,the father of her two children Wendy and Ken. During this period the family moved to Scone.

Later Laura moved back to Singleton to begin a ‘new’ stage of her life which also included the arrival of her much loved grandchildren.

In 1980she bought her own home which she renovated herself over a number of years.

Laura worked at Jeff O’Hearns Chemist and attended local dances with her friends. It was at one of these dances she met the man of her dreams Dave Newham.

MUCH LOVED: The late Laura Newham was a very active member of the Singleton community.

She describedmeeting Dave as “the first day of my life” and they married in 1990.

Thus began their adventures on camping holidays throughout Australia including attending many country music festivals.

In between work, travel and family commitments Laura was very active in the local community her friend Janice Burchell said at her funeral that she made pies for pie drives, supported Singleton Hospital fete, The Mercy Nursing Home Fete, Relay for Life and helped raise money for the Cancer Council, holding several coffee mornings.

“Laura was a great supporter of the Singleton Show and will be remembered for her show cooking and craft,” Mrs Burchell said.

“At theSingleton Hospital Laura worked as a Pink Lady and gave freely of her time. Tuesdays were ‘hair days’ at the Mercy Home, she enjoyed these days. When Laura was unable to stand to do ‘hair’ she sat and coloured in with the ladies.”

Sadly at 85-years of age Laura was diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease and she passed away on November 20 last year with her funeral taking place at St Patrick’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by Dave, her children Wendy and Ken and her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Janice BurchellThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Posted in 南京夜网