LEIGH, Gladys Lorraine (Liz) (née Cope)
Passed away peacefully on July 22, 2018 in the company of her two daughters.
Much loved wife of Jack (dec.) and mother of Sally and Jo.
Loving sister of Dawn and her extended family.
Liz has finally joined Jack following a private burial at her request, which was held on July 26, 2018 at Korumburra.
She had many passions in life, including Devlin’s General Store at Coal Creek (Korumburra) and her beloved Collingwood Magpies.
Lovingly remembered by her family, following a life full of wonderful memories.
During a lifetime of community service, Liz was an active member of the Country Women’s Association (Kardella) and a passionate volunteer at Coal Creek for 30 years. She worked in both O’Gilpins and Devlin’s General Store.
Liz, her extended family and friends made thousands of craft items donated for sale in the General Store, with all proceeds going to Coal Creek. Liz often said she had decided that ‘Coal Creek was still the best investment she could ever make’.
She took great joy in talking to school groups about how shopping was done differently from the 1900’s to today. Her historical knowledge and willingness to engage with visitors was exceptional. Liz happily regaled visitors with stories of ‘the olden days’.
Through hard work and determination, she made Devlin’s General Store what it is today. This included a passion for decorating the General Store for events at Coal Creek such as Halloween, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Easter and Xmas.
She often said she hoped that the General Store would remain authentic, and continue to be a popular visitor destination within the park.
We are extremely proud of our mother’s continued community contribution, which was an inspiration to us all.
– Sally and Jo LeighFuneral Notice
Dear Liz, how much I will miss you. There is a grey cloud over Coal Creek and its because the park misses you. Your sense of humor, your support and your dedication as a volunteer to the General Store , set an example to who ever met you. The sounds of children’s laughter as I passed the General Store as you were doing one of your demonstrations will always me in my mind. Your passion for Collingwood was unsurpassed. Doug and I have truly lost a great person in our lives.July 27, 2018