FRANCIS Beryl Thomasene (née Chapman)
Loved mother of John and Heather (dec.), Colin (dec.), Des, Alan, Kevin and Jo, Ross, Neil and Karen and Graham.
Loved nan and great nan to many.
“Forever in our Hearts”Funeral Notice
Condolences to Alan & Liz ,and familyJuly 17, 2021
Thinking of you all at this sad time
Such a brave women
She is now at peace
Ken , Val and family
Lots of wonderful memories of every holiday spent on the farm, our second home during our childhood. Auntie you were a very special lady,with a beautiful heart, we remember you with loveJuly 17, 2021
Nan I can’t believe you are no longer here so many memories and great times were spent with you and George you will so greatly missed. Nothing will be the same now you are gone. In the last few years you endured so much and I’m broken to hear what you went through. I now know your finally at peace and can rest with George all my love to the strongest women I know. All our love Justin, Brooke, Abby, Ella and JackJuly 19, 2021
Sorry to hear your Mum died not having met her but having spent lots of time with Ross and Alan she must have been an amazing lady love and kind thoughts to the whole family Leonie and AlanJuly 19, 2021
To our dearest Nana, our family has lost its matriarch. I know I speak for the voices of all your grand and great grand children. You were the last of your generation. I was fortunate enough to have had you in my life for 47 years. From playing around the hills on the family farm, to ice-cream cone icey poles on hot days, to evenings standing in the cow shed watching you milk your beloved cows, to driving around the hills in the Bedforsd sitting with you Peter, a calf and a kelpie, no matter where you went you had your grand kids following closeby.
You raised your children, grand children and great children with so much devotion and with unwavering loyalty. The weekly phone conversations about life and family will never happen again. Neither will watching your beloved Anzac Day Marches, or watching your story and seeing the Bombers rise to the occasion.
From war bride, to committed wife (under incredibly trialling circumstances), to carer and dear friend, you new what it was like to sacrifice so much so others can live. You never wavered in the love for your family, no matter the circumstances. I just wish more people acknowledged that.
George gave you the happiest years of your life, and remember hearing you talk about how much you enjoyed eating fish and chips on the beach at Inverloch watching the boats with George was what you deserved, happiness. With a spark in your eye when George would open the door for you, always ask you how he could help?
The highlight of driving down the drive way at the farm to see you standing in the window, the worries of life were left behind at the gate, as a warm hug and a kiss from you always solved the world’s problems. Your soothing voice always brought calm.
We will never receive a Christmas card from you again, and your old world handwriting may have wavered over the decades, but that phrase of lots of Nana will remain with us forever.
You saw it all in life, born in 1923, you remembered everything, and you could always provide wisdom about how to learn from the past. I know you wanted to see one more Essendon premiership.
I know you left this world too early and you insisted that you had plenty more living to do, but you have been called home to the farm in the sky, where George and you can walk together to check the mail in the letter box on the hill, attend to your roses, feed your chickens, watch the cars drive by from the window and most to find your peace. Your end was quick and unexpected, but your wish to leave on your terms were granted.
Your family will always remember what you gave to us, I just wish we could have given you so much more. I am so proud to call you Nana and had you be a part of my life. Your legacy is immense.
A thank you to Uncle John for his efforts and care for you.
Go well, and until we meet again our love is with you, life will never be the same again, lots of love, your grandchildren and great children.July 19, 2021
To the Francis family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother, we have very fond memories of our Legacy visits to Mrs. Francis and admired her and her achievements, kindness and the love to her family. Peace perfect peace. Regards Tom and Sue LoughridgeJuly 21, 2021
You became a part of our family when you became best friends with Mum in Casterton over 50 years ago, so much so that we called you Auntie. You were such a kind and generous soul and I have many happy memories of times spent on the farm and considered it my second home. You will be sadly missed Auntie.July 22, 2021
Sincerest sympathy to Alan and FamilyJuly 22, 2021
Our thoughts are with you , and remembering your Mum who always had that loverly smile.
A beautiful Soul now at rest
Precious memories of a simply beautiful lady, who I love dearly.July 22, 2021
A loving and such a big-hearted woman. I know you will be greatly missed. Sending my deepest condolences to the family. Rest in peace BerylJuly 22, 2021
Love you so much NanaJuly 22, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Beryl’s passing. I remember her fondly and with great respect. My Condolences to all the family. Rest in Peace .July 22, 2021
Dear mum you will be missed you will always be in our hearts love Kevin Jo Kerry Alan John Wendy and all your great grandchildren Rest In Peace mum xxxJuly 23, 2021
Jo McFarlaneJuly 24, 2021
a day ago
Nanna. You are one of the strongest women I have ever known and I am proud to call you my Nanna. (You will be happy to know that I have inherited your stubbornness and strength as I have learnt from the best). Say hi to Georgie and I know he will be very happy to be reunited with you again. I will often remember you saying “ god love it” as you looked at your great grandchildren with love and with your memorable laugh. Thanks for being the best Nanna. I will always love you. Xxx
You’ve been a constant in my life Nanna who provided a safe, happy place to go, a voice of reason, a hearty laugh and steadfast devotion. You showed me what it was to work hard, be pure of heart and surround yourself with love.July 25, 2021
I treasure memories of school holidays on the farm. Swimming in the dam, picking fruit from your orchid trees and you teaching me to dance in the cow shed during milking times to the sounds from the old wireless in the background. These were some of the best times of my childhood life. I remember us harvesting veggies from Georgie’s garden, feeding the poddies and devouring never-ending batches of your scones, cakes and biscuits around a kitchen table that heard many a yarn. The kettle was always on and the stove was always warm, ready for the next lot of visitors who may call. And ‘special draw’ in the kitchen filled with colouring books, toy cars and draughts would keep the hoards of kids occupied when we would visit. You were at your happiest when surrounded by family. I still hear you cheering ‘go lolly legs’ as us kids raced barefoot down your driveway and helping you feed the ferrets and chooks after milking time; farm-life was was every kids dream.
These times have taught me that it is the simple things in life that matter and that in life you get what you give. You Nanna, have given your all for your family, right till the end; a legacy that should and will never be forgotten.
I will miss your kind heart, your warmth, your grace and calm. Those warm hugs that only a Nanna can give. That high-pitched laugh that would sometimes end in joyful tears, fogged-up glasses and an unexpected snort! How fortunate we have all been to have had you in our lives. Rest easy now, we hold you in our hearts.
Dear Mum FrancisJuly 27, 2021
You were a big influence to me as a teenager I learnt so much from you, you will be sadly missed you are an incredible lady, rest in peace.
From Sharpie & Taz xoxo
After a short friendship we are saddened to hear of Beryl’s sudden passing. Beryl always greeted you with a huge smile and the offer of a cuppa. She and John were always up with the latest news and ready for a chat. We will miss our visits to the farm house and send all the family our love and condolences.July 28, 2021
Karyn and Frank Bugeja
Dear Nana, with the utmost love & respect – beautiful memories of your laugh, hugs, cups of tea, tomato & cheese on a bikkie, a hot kitchen on a summers christmas day full of uncles aunties & cousins, the tinkle of ornaments as I walked down the hall towards the piano room, feeding the chooks, roaming through your roses, driving down your driveway looking at your little house… rest now.
“To laugh often & much; to win the respect of intelligent people & the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest people; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or loving family; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”July 28, 2021
A truly amazing Great Grandmother,July 28, 2021
I could not possibly imagine life without growing up with you, I can always remember coming to your house for a visit with dad and sometimes mum and always having some of your biscuits from the seemingly endless amount you had in the biscuit tin.
Love you always,