Vale Elaine Clements, a busy and interesting life

 Elaine Clements OAM celebrating her 103rd Birthday.
Elaine Clements OAM celebrating her 103rd Birthday.

The death occurred on October 25 of a local identity, Elaine Clements OAM, who was aged 104. Elaine had lived a busy and interesting life.

She was born on May 25, 1915 at Wellington, New South Wales, daughter of Edgar and Eva Mosely.

Edgar was already overseas with the Australian Imperial Force and, after serving at Gallipoli and in France. In 1918 he transferred to the Indian Army; his wife and daughter accompanied him to India and lived there for a couple of years.

On returning to Australia, Edgar completed his law studies and eventually, in 1930, came to Cowra to take up a position with Garden and Montgomerie.

After completing her education, at Marsden School in Bathurst, Elaine lived with her parents in their home on the corner of Liverpool and Brisbane Streets. It was at this time that she first became involved with the local branch of the Red Cross.

She trained and worked as a Karitane nurse, but also did a secretarial course and in the late 1930s was working in the Garden and Montgomerie office.

In 1941 Elaine enlisted in the Voluntary Aid Detachment, serving in Palestine with the 2/6 Australian General Hospital unit until 1943. During that time she had many interesting experiences.

She would always remain close to her VAD friends and their families, members of which came long distances to attend Elaine's funeral.

She married Joseph (known as Jack or John) Clements, then stationed with the Army in the Northern Territory, on September 15, 1943 in Sydney.

Discharged from the army on April 12, 1944, she returned to Cowra and settled with Jack at Yeronga on the Reids Flat Road.

She was named 2005 Senior Citizen of the year and awarded an OAM in 2006.

Anne Watson

She was to live there all her married life, and after Jack's death in 1993 she moved into a unit in Kalyan Court and eventually into Bilyara.

For over fifty years Elaine volunteered for numerous organisations including the Smith Family, Cowra View Club, Cancer Action Group, Arts Council, Legacy, Church of England and Cowra Hospital Auxiliary.

Always thoughtful, and asking for nothing in return, she regularly visited people in hospital, Bilyara and Weeroona, knitted caps for premature babies, and transported people to church, appointments and the shops.

Elaine Clements celebrating her 104th birthday earlier in the year.

Elaine Clements celebrating her 104th birthday earlier in the year.

For her efforts she was named 2005 Senior Citizen of the year and awarded an OAM in 2006. In 2013, she was recognised by the Red Cross for her over 70 years of service. She was well and active until very recently.

Elaine is survived by her son Allan of Cowra and her daughter Anne Watson of Brisbane, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was farewelled by members of her extended family and numerous friends at a service in the Uniting Church on November 4.