Margaret Merefield, one of the district’s most active community workers, devoted much of her life to nursing and the care of others, Mrs Merefield died suddenly on 22 July at her home at Mowbray Rd, Herberton, aged 81. The service was held at the Atherton Uniting Church with a eulogy by Rev Shayne Blackman.
In 1990, she began as health nurse at Woodleigh Residential College in Herberton and worked right up to the day before her sudden death. She was so well respected by students and staff that many attended her funeral service, Mrs Merefield worked with Crossroads for the Disabled on the Atherton Tableland and had been co-ordinator for the past 21 years, regularly meeting on the first and third Saturday morning of each month.
Mrs Merefield was a great lover of music and an accomplished pianist and organist.
Husband Wilfred said his wife’s full life could only be described as caring for the health of so many other people, sometimes at a cost to herself.
"She could never say no if anyone need help or advice," he said. "May she now rest in peace," he said.
Over the years Mrs Merefield was an organist for Mareeba Uniting Church, Atherton Uniting Church and Herberton Uniting Church as well as the Herberton Anglican Church. She also played at numerous weddings and funerals.