Tributes flow after passing of netball icon Marie Mackney
TRIBUTES are flowing for Lismore netball icon, Marie Mackney, 79, after she passed away on Thursday after a long illness following hip replacement surgery in April last year.
Mrs Mackney had a long association with netball in Lismore for more than 60 years.
She was the first life member of the Lismore Netball Association and the Ballina Rd courts are named in her honour.
In 2015 she was awarded the NSW Sports Award for long service to the game.
The Lismore and District Netball Association, on its Facebook page, expressed "enormous sadness" about Mrs Mackney's death.
"Marie's dedication and passion to our sport was unwavering and her contribution to our association and its development over many decades immeasurable," they wrote.
"A true legend, deeply loved and sorely missed."
Mrs Mackney started her lifelong contribution to netball as an assistant secretary when she was 15.
She had numerous roles with the sport and continued to be actively involved, giving guidance and counsel as a mentor to many people over a long period.
Although Mrs Mackney was best known through netball, she will be remembered by many in the community who knew her through a long working life.
She was receptionist at Lismore Real Estate for almost 20 years and retired about 15 years ago.
From about 1970 she worked in the office at the former Golden Fleece fuel and oil depot at South Lismore.
Mrs Mackney was involved with numerous committees, including the Lismore Sports Association, where she devoted hours to community activities.
She was known for "selflessly caring for people", young or old.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard, 103-year-old mother Gladys Flynn, children David, Stephen and Louise, and 10 grandchildren.
Mrs Mackney's funeral will be held at the Woodlawn College Chapel on Thursday, January 28, at 10am.