Batemans Bay CWA has paid tribute to two long-serving members after their recent deaths.
Henriette ‘Jetty’ de Graaf, 90, and Josephina ‘Josie’ Elizabeth Van Oosterhout, 92, contributed to the CWA for 36 and 30 years respectively, and have been greatly missed since June.
Branch secretary Maureen Kinross said the pair would be remembered for their contributions over many decades.
“They made an enormous contribution for over 30 years, with fundraising and fun times,” Mrs Kinross said.
“Josie was a real fashionista. She had a passion for fashion and always dressed beautifully and organised fashion parades at the branch when it was based at the old Batemans Bay Public School site.
“Jetty was a gentle, quiet achiever at the branch. She contributed to the branch op-shop and was involved as cultural officer, organising performing arts events. She also served as treasurer.
“She made beautiful handicraft and lacework, making a stunning wedding dress. She made rugs and donated them around town to the hospital auxiliary, the church and the Salvation Army.
“Josie and Jetty both migrated from war-torn countries to Australia. They were good friends and passed away within a fortnight of each other.”
The women had both received long service recognition during the time as members.
Mrs Kinross said the branch formed a guard of honour at Jetty’s funeral.
“We remember with affection their valuable contributions to the branch,” she said.