Beryl Joan Howard (nee Green), 1926 – 2019

Remembering the life of long time Gloucester resident, Beryl Joan Howard (nee Green), 1926 – 2019

Photo of Beryl Joan Howard (nee Green) taken at Gloucester in around 1986. Supplied by her family

Photo of Beryl Joan Howard (nee Green) taken at Gloucester in around 1986. Supplied by her family

Beryl was born at Washpool, the ninth child of Alma and Norman Green’s 11 children.

Beryl attended Stroud Road and Gangat Public Schools.

After the war, Beryl moved to Sydney and worked at Woolworths and the Tivoli Theatre milk bar.

She met Jack and they married on Beryl’s birthday hoping it would help Jack remember their anniversary.

It didn’t.

Yvonne was born in 1951 and Carol and Julie in 1955.

In Sydney, Beryl played tennis and attended classes in flower arranging and cake decorating.

In 1964, Jack and Beryl moved to a dairy farm at Wallanbah.

Diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1964, Beryl returned to Sydney for medical treatment.

After major surgery she spent months recovering.

Beryl was an excellent cook and the varied ways she could prepare pumpkin and rabbit during the drought amazed the family.

A holiday house for visiting family and friends was built and the farm became a hub of social activity.

Beryl joined a group that catered for private parties, weddings and balls.

Beryl also decorated wedding cakes including for her three daughters.

Yvonne’s death from breast cancer in 1991 threw Beryl and Jack off balance and they farmed until 1997 when daughter Julie and husband Lincoln purchased the farm.

Jack passed away in 2002.

In 2009, signs of dementia appeared and at 85 Beryl moved into Kimbarra Lodge and later to Narraweema.

Beryl had a gentle and humorous kind of dementia.

Beryl continued to recognise her twin daughters, Carol and Julie.

She remembered people with prompts and recognised some by their voices and could recall details.

The family thanks the doctors, nurses and other staff at Gloucester Hospital most sincerely. 

Their care was exceptional.

Beryl is survived by daughters Carol and Julie, sons-in-law John, Barry and Lincoln, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.