12 Campbell Street, Castlemaine
195 High Street, Kangaroo Flat (Bendigo)
Edna passed away peacefully at Penhall Hostel Castlemaine aged 104 years.
Loving wife to Horace O'Shannessy (dec) 1940 - 1976
and Albert Moonie (dec) 1985 – 1995.
Loved mother of Ken (dec) and Cheryl (dec).
Cherished Nan to Darren, Kelvin and Brendan.
Great Grandmother to 9.
Words are few but thoughts are deep,
treasured memories for us all to keep.
Forever in our hearts
A funeral service will be held for Edna on Friday (15th October) at 11.00am
Due to the current covid restrictions, the service will be private and attendance is by invitation only.
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15th October 2021 at 11:00 AM
Dear Edna, you were so beautiful through and through. Always thinking of others right to the end…”Have you had your dinner yet?” She asked me last week. I will miss you soooo much! Rest in peace dearest Edna, and sending kind thoughts for her family. XXXOOO
Cherished friend and confidante for over 25 years.
I will always remember fondly those Sunday afternoons we spent together. A chat followed by afternoon tea then a stroll around your immaculate garden, with you snapping bits off plants as we walked along assuring me that if I planted it, it would grow. You were like a living history book, taking me back in time with your memories of your childhood and early adulthood – an insight as to how tough life was back then. I’m astounded by how much life changed during your lifetime and that you took it all in your stride – accepting things because you had no other choice. I’ve tried, many times, to live up to your housekeeping standards but who else cleans their oven after EVERY time they use it? I remember how horrified you were that home help vacuumed around the kitchen table without moving the chairs and I was too ashamed to admit to you that I do that too! I do think of you though when I do it.
Thank you Edna, you may have been my step grandmother but you were also my friend. Rest In Peace.
Edna you were the most hardworking person I had every met with age proving no barrier for you. I remember how happy you were to celebrate your birthdays over the past few years and I am so sorry that the current situation stopped you from enjoying these amazing milestones in your life. I also remember the work involved to get your shortbread biscuits ready for Christmas so that everybody could enjoy them. They were so buttery and perfect and nobody will ever be able to make them like you did. Reunited with your family and love ones who you miss greatly.
Vikki and Family
Auntie Edna, your little house in Campbells Creek was always a wonderful place to visit. I have so many childhood memories visiting your little cottage. You fostered many of my hobbies……breeding canaries and cake decorating to name a few. The energy you had even when tired, putting on an afternoon tea to amaze. I never got see you again since lockdown but will cherish seeing you again one day.
Love Christine – New Zealand
Daughter of Norma & Frank
I couldn’t estimate how many hours we have spent together over the years.
You once surprised me by thanking me for taking you into our family.
I should have thanked you, as you accepted us in just the same way.
I have another story about your oven. When your house was sold, the Agent whispered to me that the lady who lived here didn’t cook as the oven was clean.
I put him straight and told him that you cooked all the time, the only difference was that you cleaned your oven often.
I don’t know of anyone who is as strong, determined and can do so many things perfectly.
Finally at rest.
Love Glenys and Ray.
I’m going to miss you.
Every time I came to visit you, you would always be smiling with open arms for a hug.
I remember those sponge cakes and shortbread biscuits that you used to make for us. They were the best.
You were always on the move cooking, cleaning or doing your garden. I will never forget when I used to stay over on school holidays with Pop (Albert).
You’re not suffering anymore Rest In Peace.
Kim Holmes (step granddaughter) ❤️❤️
I am a cousin from the Brown family.
The youngest and only one left from Percy’s family.
Must have inherited the love of gardening and baking from the Brown family.
Your brother Ken was like a brother to us.
Your family will miss you.
You welcomed us into your life over 37 years ago and from the very first day, treated us like we were your own.
Your love, care, attention and devotion to Pop is admired and I am thankful you made him smile again.
Despite any sadness you experienced in your life, you always greeted us with a wide smile and such warmth, no matter how you were feeling.
It was only just a few years ago, I recall you racing Mahala, on your walking trolley, through the corridor of Spencely.
I remember fondly school holidays in Castlemaine (although not so fondly of the extremely long walks with your friend Betty).
How accepting you were of a 10-year-old forever wearing a hat with horns.
Your energy, thoroughness and overall determination is nothing short of amazing and perhaps the key to your longevity (that and the daily grapefruit for breakfast).
I am though, almost certain you have kept one ingredient secret in your shortbread recipe.
Mine just never taste the same. Perhaps it is simply your love.
Hope you are enjoying being reunited with those you love dearest.
Much love and will be sadly missed.
Kelly, Warren and Mahala xx
Edna Loved sister and sister in-law of Ken and Helen Brown it was always a pleasure to see you when you visited us at Upper Beaconsfield and later on you and Helen house sat for us while we took our holidays we new that the garden would be looked after.
When we visited Helen and went out to Campbell’s Creek your garden was always a picture, you were so close to nature I hope God has a place for in his garden.
With love, Alex and Dorothy Burgess
Fond memories of Aunty Edna .
You were a staple in our lives and a consistent monarch.
You were a guide and teacher, we will always be thankful of your long life to teach us the way.
You will be sorely missed ❤️❤️❤️
My dearest nan
Words cannot describe the hole that has been left in my heart.
From my cherished childhood memories to our adventures walking through the bush and everything in between. I have loved every moment we spent together. Thank you for your guidance & passing on all the beautiful qualities you possessed. Life is going to seem a lot different without you in it. You are now at peace reunited with your first loved husband Horrie and your 2 children Cheryl and Ken.
Love you to the end of the earth and back. Not going to say goodbye but see you later.