Obituaries

Jean King - Inner Wheel Club of Motueka

An era has passed with the loss of Jean King who passed away on 11 June 2017.  She was such a capable and compassionate member of Inner Wheel.
She was an icon, and epitome of what Inner Wheel really means; she held manypositions in IW, including District Chairman. She really was a modest but
fine example to us all.
Her club of Motueka will remember her with sadness , but International Inner Wheel has enjoyed the great friendship, service and loyalty from a really
amazing lady. How wonderful it has been to know her, and keep in touch with her over these past years.

Pauline Bond  -  Inner Wheel Club of Auckland East

Pauline Bond died on 19 April 2017 at the age of 72 years after a courageous battle with cancer.
She joined the Inner Wheel Club of Auckland East in 2013 soon after her return to Auckland from Melbourne.
In 2014/15 she joined the committee and was appointed Secretary a year later in 2015/16, a position she held until she became too ill to continue.
Pauline was a very active and positive member of IW Club of Auckland East entering into all social and charity activities, in particular she enjoyed assisting in the Reading Recovery programme.  She will be sorely missed by our members.

Joy Anderson - Inner Wheel Club of Fairfield

Joy passed away on 30 March 2017 in her 91st year.  Joy became involved with Inner Wheel Club of Fairfield a few months after the inaugural meeting .  She was a very active and supportive member for over 28years and was involved with all our club projects.  Joy was a great knitter and knitted toys for the grandchildren of our members to help raise funds for Silky Pillows.  She also knitted teddies which she donated to St Johns Ambulance and Waikato Hospital children's ward. 

Beverly Lee  -  Inner Wheel Club of Christchurch West

Beverly Lee lovingly known as Bev, was a member of the Inner wheel Club of Hornby for over 40 years. She was a very dedicated and enthusiastic Inner wheel member and had the gift of encouraging others to get involved.

 In 1984/85 Bev served as Inner Wheel Chairman for District NZ297 during this time she also founded the Avonhead Inner Wheel Club.

In 1988 she founded the Inner Wheel Club of Christchurch West of which she was made Patron.

A talented and keen sports woman  Bev was a long time member of the Waitakere Golf club and Wilding Park Tennis club.

An active member of Show Biz Canterbury also known as the Canterbury Operatic Society – she was our own personal Ticketec service and was responsible for selling thousands of tickets to all the productions.

Bev will be remembered with love and known for her generous caring nature.

Kaye Doherty - Inner Wheel Club of Otautahi

Passed away after an illness on 16 February 2017.  Kaye was Secretary for 2 years, had great organization skills and taught club members a lot whilst going through her illness.

Valerie Harvey -  Inner Wheel Club of Orewa & Whangaparaoa

Valerie passed away on 6 February 2017.  Valerie was a Charter Member of the club,  holding various positions and was Club President 2001-2002.

Julie Aitken  -  Inner Wheel Club of New Plymouth North

Julie Aitken a member of our Inner Wheel club, passed away in the early hours of Sunday 29 January 2017.
Julie was inducted into the club during the 2006-2007 Inner Wheel year. She served on the committee for several years and also took on the role of writing the newsletter.  Julie had been unwell for a time but still attended meetings when she was able.
She will be missed by not only the members of the group but by her many friends.

Judy Barker  -  Inner Wheel Club of Ashburton

Judy passed away on 24 January 2017 at age 66 years.

Verna Bullen  -  Inner Wheel Club of Blenheim

Verna was an Honoured Active Member who passed away on 18 January 2017 at the age of 97 years.

Rita Watkins - Inner Wheel Club of Hamilton East

Charter Member of the Club and Club President 1991-1992,  Rita passed away peacefully on 18 December 2016, aged 93 years.
Rita was a stalwart member of the Club to the end of her life, and in later years, her daughter used to read her the Club Newsletter.

Anne Martin  -  Inner Wheel Club of Ashburton

Anne was a Charter member of the Club,  and passed away on 10 December 2016, at age 95 years.

Trish Davison  -  Inner Wheel Club of Shore City

Trish Davison was a valued member of the Inner Wheel Club of Shore City. Sadly she passed away after an illness on 15/11/2016. She was inducted into the club in 2013. She was a very enthusiastic member of our club and joined the committee in 2014.  In 2015 she took on the role of ISO.

Agnes Cooper  -  Inner Wheel Club of Riccarton

It is with great sadness that we report to you the death of Agnes Cooper on 21 October 2016.
At 101, Agnes was the oldest member of the Riccarton Inner Wheel club - she will be missed.

Christine (Chris) Bower  -  Inner Wheel Club of Timaru

Passed away suddenly in Timaru on 11 October 2016.  Chris was the current Club President and a Charter Member of the Inner Wheel Club of Timaru.

Gillian Robinson - Inner Wheel Club of Matamata

Inner Wheel Matamata was sad to lose Charter Member Gillian Robinson recently.  Gillian, whose husband Trevor was a 30-year Rotary Stalwart, passed away on 5
October 16, after battling a debilitating respiratory condition for several years.

Gillian joined IW Matamata in 1981 and was proud to be one of four charter members cutting the cake at the Club's 30th Birthday celebrations in 2011.
Gillian was a former Club President and became an Honoured Active Member in 2013.

Beverly Upton  -  Inner Wheel Club of Wellington

Passed away on 20 September 2016.  Mary Prangnell paid tribute to this loved member.

Trish Parker - Inner Wheel Club of Wellington
Passed away on 07 September 2016.  Janet Poole paid tribute to this loved member.

Joy Chaston  -  Inner Wheel Club of Riccarton

Sadly we record the passing of Joy (Annie Joyce) Chaston on 28th August.  Joy was a foundation member of our Riccarton Club and the 3rd President of the Club.  Members remember her with great affection. What a privilege to have been able to spend time with such an amazing couple. Joy and Colin were a special pair!

Frances Paul - Inner Wheel Club of Waimate

Frances attended the majority of the District Meetings and she has been to the International Conference and the New Zealand Conference.

If you wanted to know anything about Inner Wheel and its history, Frances was the one to go to. She was a stickler for detail and even though there may have been what appeared to be lots of disarranged pieces of paper, she could tell you what each one was about.

Frances was an extremely active member and was involved in almost all projects that were going. Welcoming members to her home for meetings, BBQ’s and a glass of wine was something she was always willing to do. Even though she wasn’t a sewer, she enjoyed being part of the Silky Pillows workshops. Another project that gave her much joy was picking the daffodils for daffodil day. She picked many buckets of daffodils for Inner Wheel. Helping people to enrich their lives gave Frances great satisfaction.

Frances was an integral part of Inner Wheel and will be greatly missed.  She passed away suddenly on 13 August 2016.

Barbara McIvor  -  Inner Wheel Club of Christchurch

Valued member of the Inner Wheel Club of Christchurch, Barbara passed away peacefully at the Anthony Wilding Retirement Village on 11 August 2016.

Beryl Huggard  -  Inner Wheel Club of Fitzroy

Beryl passed away on 22 July 2016.  Beryl joined Fitzroy Inner Wheel Club in the late 60’s early 70’s which was only a few years after Fitzroy started.  She went on Committee in 1971 and was on and off the Committee right up until a few years ago.  Beryl was Treasurer between 1973 to 1976 and again in more recent years and Secretary between 1980 to 1984.  She was always available to help with all we did within our club, having a very active roll up until earlier this year when she was unable to attend meetings because of her health.  Beryl loved her Inner Wheel. Beryl has left behind her husband John and three children.  We will miss her smile and bright personality.

Kate McKenzie  -  Inner Wheel Club of Balclutha

Kate passed away in Balclutha on 4th July 2016 after an illness.  Kate was an active member of the Inner Wheel Club of Balclutha and attended District
meetings often.  She will be sadly missed by all club members.

May McLean -  Inner Wheel Club of Dunedin South

May passed away on July 1, 2016..  May had celebrated her 92nd birthday in May of this year..   She was a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Dunedin North before the club disbanded in 2002.  May then joined the Inner Wheel club of Dunedin South, and had been on the committee and Past President of both clubs.   May was a much loved member, and we all valued her knowledge, courage and friendship.

Lynne Piercy  -  Inner Wheel Club of Kapiti

Lynne joined the Inner Wheel Club of Kapiti in November 2010,  and held the role of Treasurer from 2014 until her sudden death on 14 June 2016.  Lynne was a vibrant and enthusiastic Inner Wheeler and will be sadly missed by her club.

Mary Lines  -  Inner Wheel Club of Queenstown  ( and Charter Member of Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill North )

Queenstown members say -  "We were all saddened when we heard that Mary had passed away on 6th April 2016.  She had been a member of our Club since she moved to Arrowtown well over 20 years ago.  Prior to that she had been a Charter Member of the Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill North.    40 years in Inner Wheel!   Mary was such a talented woman in so many ways.  We remember her with love".

Merle O'Donnell  -  Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill North

Merle passed away on 29 December 2015 after a relatively short illness.  Merle was a very active member of the Inner Wheel Club of Invercargill North,  recently being on the Committee,  and also a member of the Invercargill North Rotary Club.  Merle's funeral service was attended by several members of both Inner Wheel and Rotary and she will be sadly missed.