Efforts of late Joyce Siegert honoured with memorial plaque

For her tireless efforts over many decades, the late Joyce Siegert has been honoured by residents of Cowra Retirement Village with the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

A small ceremony marked the occasion on Monday, with members of Mrs Siegert's family, friends and residents in attendance, along with Bilyara CEO Scott Kable and Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West.

Family came from Canberra, Wallerawang, Narromine, Wattamondara and Cowra.

Neville Pengilly, a director of the Cowra Retirement Village board, said it was an opportunity to recognise Mrs Seigert's many years of service to Kaylan Court and the wider Cowra community.

"Isn't it wonderful how we have this opportunity to meet people that are very special, particularly those that work amoungst the community and in the community," Mr Pengilly said.

"Joyce was one of those people. She was always active, she was always doing something for somebody, somewhere."

As a member of the Cowra Red Cross branch, Mrs Seigert knitted trauma teddies for premature babies during their stay in Westmead Children's Hospital and Cowra Hospital.

"It was wonderful to know Joyce and to know the work that she did," Mr Pengilly said.

"She didn't stop knitting until such time as her fingers became affected by arthritis."

Mrs Seigert also resided in Kaylan Court for more than 25 years, and assisted with gardening and planting trees.

"She could see all these trees out here, some of them she actually planted herself, others she maintained," Mr Pengilly said.

"Quite often these sort of people never tell everybody about what they do, they get on with it, they do what they love doing and that is something for others and Joyce was one of those people

"To unveil this plaque... today we come and remember what she has done."


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