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Gloria, Local IconAROUND 100 friends and relatives farewelled Gloria Grant (nee Nonmus) at New Farm in Brisbane on Saturday 29 January 2010. The funeral service, conducted by Revd Ray Herrmann and assisted by Bishop Raymond Benjamin, took place at the Merthyr Road Uniting Church.

As a friend of Gloria’s observed, for the final goodbyes to take place so close to where Gloria was born 81 years before was “delightful circularity”.

Several people wished to speak. Gerard Benjamin sketched a brief biographical outline, beginning with Gloria’s Buderim upbringing as daughter of sawmiller and prominent citizen Gilbert Brierly Nonmus and Agnes (Neil). Gloria’s son Robert and daughter Jay (Mooney) depicted various facets of life with their talented mother.

Local councillor and artist David Hinchliffe paid tribute to Gloria’s achievement in chronicling the history of New Farm. “She was the unofficial biographer, along with Gerard, of an entire suburb. For that we are in her debt,” he said.

Most attendees remained afterwards to enjoy morning tea in the Centre’s covered courtyard. The question guaranteed to introduce relative strangers was, “How did you know Gloria?”

The family felt indebted to Ross and Desley Garnett for facilitating the gathering at relatively short notice. First-rate musical accompaniment was kindly supplied by Desley Garnett (piano) and Sophie Manoharan (flute). Photos courtesy of Chris Derrick. Read the obituary in the Sunshine Coast Daily.


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