The family of the late Joan Coventry says the 97-year-old hung on to spend time with five generations of her family – until the day they left to return home.
Grandaughter Nicole Taylor, of Dalmeny, said Mrs Coventry died on Friday, January 4 – but not before she had said happy Christmas to family members who had travelled from Queensland and Sydney.
“She and my pop (Vere Coventry) had been resident's at Estia Dalmeny for 10 years but Pop passed away six years ago and Nan continued there on her own,” Ms Taylor said.
“She had hung on to have time with family over the Christmas break.
“She was a great, great grandmother so we had five generations spending time together.
“The day they all left to go home she deteriorated and then passed away.”
This strong-willed woman was well known in the Narooma area.
“She was known by a lot of local bingo ladies as we used to take her to Narooma and Dalmeny Bingo,” Ms Taylor said.
“We also want to let people know how amazing the staff have been at Estia and we just can't thank them enough for the way they have cared for Nan.
“There were quite a few staff that were extremely emotional on her final day as they had got to know her very well over the 10 years she was there.
Ms Taylor’s mother and Mrs Coventry’s daughter is Kaye Fisher, of Dalmeny.
”The funeral will be held in Sydney on Friday as there will be family flying in from around Australia,” Ms Taylor said.
“We would really like to acknowledge how wonderful the staff have been from Estia and express our thanks to them all.”