Poet, teacher and long-time volunteer Maisie Grady was remembered by a huge crowd of family and friends at Wesley Uniting Church Castle Hill as someone who loved her community.
The Castle Hill resident often supplied poems for the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News and was a popular contributor.
Her husband, Alan Grady, said his wife had packed a lot into her 89 years.
She trained as a teacher and was Deputy Principal and Acting Principal at a number of schools before her retirement. She completed post-graduate studies in early childhood education at Wagga Wagga University and after retiring obtained a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychology.
Maisie’s love of children and education was ever-present and she returned to work for a couple of years (following her retirement), and was involved in setting up the Kenthurst afterschool day care.
Maisie was a long-time member of the Tuesday Writer’s Group at Castle Hill and recently wrote a children’s book, which is about to be published.
She was a volunteer at the weekly Day Club organised by the Castle Hill RSL sub-branch for people living in isolation and was a member of the Inner Wheel club of Kenthurst.
The following poem written by Maisie was included as part of the service on June 20th.