Community icon farewelled in touching ceremony
THE life of community icon Helen Wynd was celebrated by hundreds of family and friends who packed St Pauls Presbyterian Church yesterday to honour her memory.
The active 92-year-old died after she was hit by a car in her own street, Cambridge Dr, Goonellabah, after getting off a bus and crossing the road on January 25.
According Ms Wynd's wishes, Lismore Presbyterian Minister Glenn Samuel conducted a simple service featuring hymns she had chosen, while yellow flowers from former Governor General Quentin Bryce adorned the casket Ms Wynd selected.
Since she was 15, Ms Wynd volunteered, worked and helped establish numerous Northern Rivers community organisations.
"Helen would seize an opportunity to do good," Mr Samuel said.
"Her life was epitomised by someone who would put in and serve, rather than be served and take out.
"She served the community because she wanted to; she knew it was the right thing to do.
"Helen got a satisfying feeling from doing these acts of service and she showed real Christianity in action by what she did.
"Lismore is indeed an incredibly better place because of the contribution of Helen Wynd."
One of seven children born to Harry and Violet Wynd, Ms Wynd's service to the community began when, at 15, she became the treasurer of the Bexhill and Clunes congregations of the Presbyterian Church.
That was the same year Ms Wynd also joined the Red Cross, where she volunteered for almost 74-years.
At the age of 19, Ms Wynd joined the Australian Army Medical Women's Service, where she looked after prisoners of war while stationed in Darwin.
In 1953, Ms Wynd coordinated the establishment of Lismore's first Red Cross blood bank, and she was on call every night ready to help.
In more recent times, Ms Wynd was involved in establishing Ballina's St Andrews nursing home.
A passionate Christian, Ms Wynd told Mr Samuel she wanted the service to focus on god and not her.
Members of the Red Cross formed a guard of honour as pallbearers carried Ms Wynd's coffin to the waiting hearse.
Then rain started right on cue as mourners walked out of the church, a final tribute to Ms Wynd from the God she served.