Gentle soul lost
PATRICIA Rae Yarad, known commonly as Rae, was born in Lismore on January 1, 1932 to parents Alfred and Olive Gooley, of the well-known Lismore business family, the Gooleys.
The eldest of five sisters, Rae became a second mother in the household, even teaching her younger sisters how to play boogie on the piano and how to dance each trendy new dance as it popped onto the scene.
In her years in Lismore, the gentle girl excelled at school and music, which became an integral part of her life from a young age.
Rae studied operatic singing and competed in a state-wide competition where she came second to operatic legend Joan Sutherland.
Soon after moving from Lismore to Taree, Rae met her future husband, John.
They shared a love of music and won a number of jitterbug dancing competitions in their youth.
Rae and John were married for 57 years and had two daughters, Joanne and Tracey, and two grandchildren, Ben and Ashleigh.
Rae was heavily involved in the family business, initially with Yarad's Mensland, where she was the secretary. She then opened her own women's fashion business, Rae Yarad's Little Shop, which she described as the highlight of her career.
Rae also took an active interest in many community events, particularly the arts, and for many years was a patron of Taree Arts Council.
In notes found by her family after her death, she said the purpose of her existence was to be a good wife to John, a good mother to Joanne and Tracey, and a good grandmother to Ben and Ashleigh.
Rae died suddenly at her Taree home on April 6, aged 81 years, and was farewelled in the same church she was married in, 57 years prior, St John's Anglican Church Taree.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY REMEMBER RAE:
She was kind to every- one, she never judged anyone, and she treated everybody from all walks of life exactly the same
- Margaret Grice, friend
She did suffer badly from arthritis, but that never stopped her. All she ever thought about was providing for her family
- Joanne Cumming, daughter
Everything my Margaret and Joanne said is 100% true. She would always say to me 'the show must go on!'
- Tracey Campbell, daughter
She always absolutely gracious, she never raised her voice. When we were growing up, she always said: 'A lady never raises her voice. If you can't get your point quietly, walk away.'
And for 81 years, as far as I know, she stuck to that
- Nance Schreiber,