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in memory of

Briar Lilian Stuart

Briar Lilian Stuart

17th August 1939 - 4th April 2021


Passed away peacefully and unexpectedly at St John of God Hospital, Ballarat.
Briar was a loving mother to Dee and Meg [dec], adored wife of Peter [dec],

a caring Granma to Christopher, a dear Aunt to Doug and Colin [dec],
and favourite in-law to Nick and PJ.
Darling ‘Tricky’ you were an inspirational woman and support to so many in your life journey.
You will be dearly missed.

Because I could not stop for Death-
He kindly stopped for me-
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And immortality
Emily Dickinson


A service to celebrate Briar's life will be held in the Crematorium Chapel, Doveton Street North, Ballarat

on Monday (April 12) commencing at 2.00pm.

If you prefer to watch the service on livestream, please use the following link:


18 responses to “Briar Lilian Stuart”

  1. Dawn Farrell says:

    Loving memories of a dear friend for more than 60 years . Rest peacefully dear Briar . Love and sympathy to Dee, Nick and Christoper . An inspirational woman ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Naomi Wangeman says:

    A beautiful lady in every way ! Keep singing !!!!
    You will remain in my heart always .
    Love and sympathy to Dee and the family .

  3. Lesley James says:

    Briar was a gracious, astute and whacky friend to my mother Gwynneth, then subsequently to me as I maintained the family friendship. Briar was a great listener, had a wonderful ear for music and humour and she treasured her family. I’m sad for the loss of a dear friend. Sincere condolences to Dee, Nick and Chris.

  4. Marg Lacy says:

    Although I did not know Briar all that well, my recollection of meeting her, is one of meeting an elegant, cheerful and gracious person. She leaves these qualities behind, in my dear friend Dee and grandson Christopher, and her continuation lives on in a beautiful way. My you be comforted by each other and by your fondest memories.

  5. Heather Bradley says:

    In fond memory of my aunty Briar.
    I am very sad to hear of her sudden passing and I am forever thankful for time spent with her just days before her untimely death.
    Briar will be sadly missed, but not forgotten, by family and friends alike.
    As an educator she impacted and inspired the young minds of countless students for over 30 years. A truly outstanding achievement.
    Sincere condolences to Dee, Nick and Chris.
    A life well lived.
    RIP Aunty Briar.

  6. Howard Williams says:

    Fond memories of a teaching colleague and mother of one of my students 1971 – 1975 at Morwell HS. Sincere condolences to her family and friends everywhere 💕

  7. Cate Hackett (new Cathy Mitchell) says:

    Thank you for your very clever, inventive support and guidance via reverse psychology. You could read your pupils intentions and cleverly guide them back onto a productive path. So grateful that you took on your duties as year level leader with such passion and had an integral part in shaping many confident people. Always remembered.
    Condolences to the family from a former student of Morwell High School.

  8. Barb Williams says:

    Looking back on our friendship of 74 years, features I’ll remember are the fun we had together as children, Briar’s imagination, her impish sense of humour, her resilience, her eagerness to learn and improve, her acceptance and understanding of another person’s situation, her love and concern for her family. Briar possessed an inner strength that enabled her to make the best of adversity and move on with her life. A born teacher, she was generous with her time, assisting other folk to acquire new skills.
    Briar was my adored best friend through the formative Primary School years. Despite our lives heading in different directions, those bonds of friendship and love have stood the test of time, a common thread weaving through our lives.
    I will miss you Briar. Condolences to your beloved Dee, Nick and Chris

  9. Sue Jones, Upwey High School says:

    Ever thoughtful, Briar, you made sure I got my birthday present before leaving. I’m missing you already dear friend. Will raise one for you on Wednesday when we should be lunching with Carolynne and Bruce. Best love, Sue.

  10. Richard Myers says:

    Briar: a woman of intelligence, humour and wit, a valued colleague and friend.
    – Richard Myers

  11. Joanne Beilharz nee Dinsmore says:

    An inspirational and kind teacher, funny and fair.
    Fond memories from old Morwell High.
    – Joanne Beilharz (nee Dinsmore)

  12. Grant Goodwin says:

    Dear Tricky,
    I want to thank you for the positive impact you have had on my life.
    You always radiated heartfelt warmth and were the perfect blend of intelligence, wit, humour and just a person who you genuinely want to be around.
    Although fleeting, I did always thoroughly enjoy spending time together, and you will be sorely missed.

    My deepest condolences to Dee, Chris, Nick and all the wonderful people Tricky surrounded herself with. xo

  13. Clare and Helene Gillam says:

    Auntie Briar you were resilient, caring and compassionate.
    You put in such an effort to get involved in activities and community.
    Although you lost your husband and daughter early you carried in with dignity and continued to make a difference to the lives of those around you.
    Courageous and independent to the very last.
    You will be dearly missed.
    – Clare and Helene Gillam

  14. Nance says:

    Remembering thru friendship over the years with Dee & (remembered and missed) Meg – Chris, Nick, PJ as we have all become the people we are now – the stories & lived experience that attest the quality of the person of Tricky (& Peter before) she was in their lives which will provide the memories to be savoured.
    – Nancy Peck. 💕

  15. Lorraine Wilson says:

    Special memories of Tricky a lovely former member of the Hamilton Evening VIEW Club.

  16. Julie Davison says:

    Briar: a half sister… I have distant memories of as a child and wish I had the pleasure of knowing you better.
    My sincere condolences to your devoted family and friends.
    – Julie Davison

  17. Lorraine. Knox says:

    So sad to hear of the passing of a dear friend and colleague.
    Sympathy to her family.
    – Committee and members of U3A Benalla.
    Rest In Peace.

  18. Tracey Twyford says:

    R.I.P. Mrs Stuart.
    Thank-you for being one of my favourite memories from MHS.
    My mum had her funeral on the same day as yours in Peter Tobin.
    So I couldn’t come to yours.
    – Tracey Twyford

Funeral Details

12th April 2021 at 2:00 PM