Friends, family and community members will join together on Wednesday to celebrate the life of much-loved Riverina stalwart Jan Letchford Brill AM.
Renowned across Wagga for her decades of service with the Country Women's Association, Mrs Brill passed away on Tuesday, June 8.
She served the CWA tirelessly for more than 50 years, taking on the role of national secretary, NSW secretary and vice-president, group president of the Riverina branch and many additional offices.
Mrs Brill was made a life member of the association, awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work with the group, and also named patron of the Riverina branch.
Originally from Ganmain, Mrs Brill moved to Yathella when she married her husband Alan. They lived on the land, and it was then that she first decided to join the Yathella Coursing Park CWA Branch.
This decision sparked a decades-long affiliation with the group.
"We remember her for the CWA," Riverina branch vice-president Julie Morrison said. "That's what she worked for, and she loved the group."
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Mrs Morrison first met Mrs Brill through the CWA 30 years ago. She remembers her as a friendly person who made everyone feel welcome, and as an "outstanding" secretary.
"She was a wonderful cook and she loved her garden," she said.
Her favourite memory of the CWA icon is when Mrs Brill hosted a bridal fashion parade in her garden one year.
"Her daughter-in-law wore my wedding dress," Mrs Morrison said.
"She gave her beautiful garden for us to raise money."
CWA group president Liz Furner first met Mrs Brill 40 years ago and said that no matter who you were, she treated everyone the same - with kindness.
"She was a lovey lady who was always prepared to pass on her knowledge to everybody, and treated all people the same," Mrs Furner said.
"She always had a smile.
"She'll be really missed in the CWA because of her contribution."
Mrs Brill's service to the community extended beyond the CWA. She sat on the board of the Wagga Base Hospital many years ago, and was also involved in numerous committees and with St John's Anglican Church.
She will be sadly missed by her adoring husband Alan, her three children, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A service of thanksgiving and celebration of life will be held at St John's Anglican Church, Church Street, Wagga on Wednesday, June 16.
Following the service, the funeral cortege will proceed to the Wagga Wagga Lawn Cemetery, Brunskill Road, Lake Albert at 1pm.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend.
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