Taking stock of a splendid life
AT 89 years of age, Helen Flower was still holding dinner parties, going to exercise classes and learning Italian.
The long-time Kyogle resident had recently self-published a book of her poetry and was also in the middle of writing her life story when she sadly passed away at home on Christmas Eve.
The loss of such an active member of the community has been felt keenly across all the groups and volunteer organisations that she was involved in.
"Helen and (husband) Harry were founding members of the Kyogle Literary Group and what a privilege (it was) to share their lives, their loves, their words, and their minds," Kyogle Writers secretary Bett Taylor said.
"We loved them dearly. We will miss her at the writers group."
Born in 1924 to Alfred and Jessie Ford, she was the only child to the first chemist in Kyogle.
Helen met Harry when she was working in her father's chemist while also running a small preschool from the family home and reporting Kyogle news to the Casino Express Examiner.
They were married on May 12, 1956 and shared a common love of classical music and a strong faith that, according to their children, 'made their lives together all the richer'.
In 2006 Helen received the Citizen of The Year Award and an Australia Day Award for community services in 2013 for her work with organisations such as the Op shop, the Art Gallery, CWA, Red Cross and Court Care.
Her poetry was often read on the ABC program Australia All Over by Ian 'Macca' McNamara.