Lynette Elder was born on September 25, 1946, and grew up in the St George district of Sydney.
Her parents were Kenneth and Gwenneth and her younger sister was Rhonda.
Lynette survived childhood TB in her hip, spending nearly two years in hospital. Her surgery left her with a fused hip and one leg two centimetres shorter than the other.
Difficult times such as these in her formative years helped to develop an exceptionally kind and compassionate heart in Lynette.
After leaving school Lynette worked for the British Automotive Industry company as a tracer.
On November 11, 1967, she married Norman Austwick and they moved to the Bega Valley.
As part of preparing a time capsule in 1995 Lynette said:
“We lived in Bega for two and a half years, foot-loose and fancy free, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and exploring the coastline at every opportunity. We soon came to realise that we lived in a very special part of the world.”
Following a three year stay in Candelo, Norman and Lynette settled at Mogareeka in 1973 with their daughters Tracey (born 1970) and Kerel (born 1972).
Being concerned for the environment and social justice, Lynette volunteered for the Bega-Tathra Conservation Society, the local branch of the Australian Labor Party and the Tathra Uniting Church, while building a happy and healthy family.
Lynette and Norman only last year celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with Tracey and Kerel and grandchildren Martin, Gwendorlyn and Nathaniel.
Lynette was a fun-loving person and enjoyed travelling to places such as the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Tonga, South Africa, UK, France, Belgium and Slovakia.
After a five-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis, Lynette died peacefully in her sleep at her beautiful Mogareeka bush block, on December 8.
Her family extend their thanks to all the medical and health care practitioners and to Lynette’s many friends, who supported her in recent years and in times gone by. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Lynette’s life at 2pm on December 18, at the Tathra Uniting Church.