October 16, 1924 - June 5, 2006
An ordinary, decent woman who showed
Loved by all, the memories of my Mum
Spared further suffering, she now rests in peace.
Lois McPhie was born Norma Lois Haeberle, on
Her father was Christian Charles Haeberle, then 36 years old, wood merchant, labourer and gardener, born at Bet Bet in country Victoria.
who would later prefer to be known as Lois,
attended Glen Iris Elementary School No.1148 all her school life.
Generally, her school reports show an average or above-average student, who was "...promoted each year...always very reliable,
anxious to take her part in all school activities
Lois Haeberle was awarded a 'Pupil's Cookery Certificate' from the Victorian Education Department on December 31, 1938, after making "satisfactory progress" at the Armadale Cookery Centre for 12 months. Anyone who would later enjoy her wonderful cooking would understand that!
In a reference, dated December 2, 1938, (her final school year),
Lois graduated with her Grade 8 Merit Certificate in 1938, at the age of 14.
She worked some years as a machinist at the Melbourne Pelaco company.
On September 21, 1946 at the age of 21, Lois married Colin McPhie,
(PHOTO: Mum with her father in the front garden of their family home at 16 Fuller Avenue.)
Together, Lois & Colin built their new family home
My brother Russell and I were blessed with parents who loved and supported us every step of the way through life. Through all the very good times and the bad, the ups and downs of life, Mum and Dad were always there with a helping hand or a comforting word.
When we were young, our parents were not wealthy, but they saved wisely and made sacrifices to give us a good education, and we enjoyed many family holidays together.
In the photo above, we are at Mordialloc Beach, near Melbourne, and below we are at Mildura. My favourite family holidays were on the farm at Yarram.
Mum devoted so much of her life to her family,
Together with Colin, Mum enjoyed many coach tours around much of Australia, and they visited Singapore, Fiji and New Zealand.
For Mum, many of her proudest days were devoted to her grandchildren
(PHOTO: Mum & Dad with the youngest of their 3 grandchildren, in 1989.)
Sadly, but eloquently, in one of the last of her many letters and
For Mum, it always seemed that her greatest joy in life
The last 3 years of Mum's life were a 'living hell' for her and her family, as she
NEARING THE END
On the night of Sunday June 4, Dad, Russell and I visited Mum at her bedside in the Surrey Hills Private Nursing Home, at 16 Florence Street.
Perhaps now, reunited with her immediate family all together with her again for the first time in some months, for Mum this was the right time to let go. Had she been awaiting my return from Viet Nam?
At 2:30 on the morning of Monday June 5, 2006,
I was just so thankful that I was able to fly urgently from Viet Nam back to Melbourne just in time to see Mum that very last time.
On Wednesday June 7, 2006 at 12:15pm,
The moving service was well conducted by Mr. Michael Kesik
Some of the colourful flowers arranged on Mum's coffin
Even brilliant sunshine came out that day to brighten up
(PHOTO: Mum & Dad at 3 Morell Street, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, September 21, 1996. This year, 2006, would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. Mum passed away just 3 months before reaching that milestone in married life.)
Although gone in body, the memory of Mum's spirit will live on forever in the hearts of all who were lucky to know her in her long 81-year life.
Mum, thankyou for your life, and your unqualified love.
Rest in Peace - Lois McPhie
With love from Bruce