Funeral Notices

BIRD, Lynley June, on 13/5/2020

Passed away peacefully on 13th May 2020 at Ashburton Hospital, aged 73 years. Wife of the late Peter.  Loved mother and mother in-law of Lee and Bryan Running, Darren and Lisa Bird.  Adored Gram Grams and Grandma of Jordan and Tayla, Thomas and Amanda, Zac, Curtis and Alex. Special Lyn to Dev and Ashley.“An extremely brave “Bird” who fought the fight her way right till the very end.”Messages to 14 Aitken Street Ashburton 7700. Special thanks to Sonia Frew for all her tireless help and loving care of Lyn during her illness. A celebration of Lyn’s life will take place at a later date.

LOW Melva Elizabetg (nee Briden) on 9/5/2020

Passed away peacefully  at Tuarangi Home Ashburton, aged 97 years. Loved wife of the late Alan. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Robin (deceased) and Jen (Melbourne), David (deceased), Glenda Ryan and Mick (Methven). Loved Nana of Kim and Graeme Mills, Susan and Geoff Soal. Great Nana of Jack and Harry Soal, Baxter and Floyd Mills. Daughter of the late John and Violet Briden. Loving sister of Frank Briden, Ray Briden, Hilda Mullaney, Ruby Bench, Lorna Davey, Linda Vincent, Edgar Briden, Alan Briden (all deceased). Messages to the Low Family C/- P O Box 472 Ashburton 7740. A huge special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Tuarangi Home Ashburton. You treated Mum with respect, dignity, and special care while enjoying her sense of humour. A private cremation has been held, with a Memorial service to be held at a later date.

BLUETT Rosalin (Rose) (nee Crawford) on 8/5/2020

Passed away peacefully at the Ashburton Hospital on Friday 8th. May 2020. Aged 81 years. Dearly loved wife of Barry for 59 years. Loving Mum and Mother in Law of Craig and Wendy ( Blenheim ) and Julie ( Ashburton ) Treasured Granny Rose of Timothy and Marcel, Andrew, Daniel and Kurt. Sister and Sister in Law of Peter and Judy Crawford ( Greymouth ) and John ( Deceased ) and Anne Crawford ( Granity ) Sister in Law of Jill and Ken Gillespie ( Christchurch ) A great friend to Tony and Nigel. Aunt to Carol and Paul, and Kristen, John and Barry. Messages of condolence should be sent to the Bluett family 5 Belt Road Ashburton 7700. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Staff of both the Sealy Street Medical Centre and the Ashburton Public Hospital for the thoughtful and compassionate care given to Rose over the last 6 years. Likewise our thanks also to the Clergy from St. Stephens Anglican Parish who provided much appreciated spiritual care for Rose over the same period. Lastly a very special thank you to Jeanette and Joy for their kindness that in so many ways helped Rose cope with her ongoing illness.

‘ A real battler now at rest’.

A private family service for Rose will be held at a later date.

WOODS Janet Estelle (nee Manson), on 6 May 2020

 Peacefully sleeping, on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, aged 95 years. She has gone to join her dearly loved husband, Walter John (Wally) and her three sons.  Loving mother and mother-in-law of Murray, Russell and Kristine, and Wilbur (Keith) and Vicki.  Also adored grandmother and great-grandmother of Darren, Sue and Hannah, Kimberlee, Jason, Kade and Jake and Kelvin, Tui, William and Griffin.  Messages to the Woods family c/o PO Box 472, Ashburton, 7740.  A memorial service will be held for Janet – details to follow.
Rest in peace and love xx

MURDOCH Noeline Mary (nee Turton) on 27/4/2020

20-04-1926 – 27-04-2020 Passed away at Rosebank Resthome Ashburton. Dearly loved wife of the late Bruce. Loved Mother and Mother in Law of Ross and Janice (Christchurch), Grant and Marie (Brisbane), Jane and Robert Ellis (Hinds), Mary and Peter Stalker (Mapua). Loved Granny and Great Granny. Messages to Jane Ellis, No 3 R D Ashburton 7773. A private service has been held for mother.

LLOYD Bryon Alexander on 2/5/2020

passed away peacefully on 2 May 2020 at Ashburton Hospital.  Loved Dad of Sonya, and Aaron, best friend and husband of Marie, loved ‘Bry’ of Kim and John-Paul, Jake, Josh and Cassie Tenebaum; Hayden and Kylie, Jerome and Carter Bedford.  Messages to the Lloyd family c/-  P O Box 472, Ashburton 7740.  It was Bryon’s wish for a private cremation to be held.

FORBES, Grace Lillian: (formerly Smart) April 18, 2020


Passed away peacefully at Ashburton hospital with her beloved sons Michael and Robert by her side. Loving wife to the late Ash Forbes, Mum to Robyn (deceased). Much loved Mum to Gary and Jody (Perth) and mum in law to Debbie. Loved by her grandchildren, Angela, Vicki, Jason, Siobhorn, Logan, Dillon, Liam and Brearna. Loved great Nana, to be great great Nana, sister, aunty, cousin and to many a friend.

Grace will be greatly missed by us all,

Her humour, cooking, knitting, crafts, cards and housie.

 Any messages can be sent to The boy’s respectfully request that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ashburton Cancer Society. A private cremation will be held for Grace but due to the current circumstances we are unable to hold a memorial however we will look at doing so at a later date.

SALTER, Yvonne: April 17, 2020

Passed away peacefully on Friday April 17 2020 at Ashburton Hospital, aged 94. Dearly loved wife of the late Gordon, and dearly loved mother and mother in law of Neil and Denise Clemens. Messages to P.O. Box 453 Ashburton. The family sincerely thank all the staff at Rosebank Resthome and the Ashburton Hospital for all the love and care given to Yvonne over recent years. Donations to the Ashburton Branch of St Johns in memory of Yvonne would be gratefully appreciated. Due to current restrictions a private burial will be held.

PAGE, Joy Leonie: April 16, 2020

Passed away peacefully at Rosebank Resthome, Ashburton, aged 78 years.  Dearly loved sister of Brian Oliver, and much loved aunty of all her nieces and nephews. Will be dearly missed by her good friend Dorothy and the Lefeber family.  Messages to P O Box 472, Ashburton 7740.  A special thank you to the staff at Rosebank Resthome for their loving care of Joy. At Joy’s request a private cremation has been held.