Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

'Nana' Nash a Driving Force; Edna Alice NashSeptember 30, 1915 - September 14, 2015

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

'Nana' Nash a Driving Force; Edna Alice NashSeptember 30, 1915 - September 14, 2015

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OBITUARY: EDNA Alice Nash, nee Patchett, was born to Albert and Alice Patchett in Rockhampton on September 30, 1915. Her father Albert didn't meet her until his return from France, where he served in the First World War, when she was three years old.

She grew up in Rockhampton with her brothers and sisters; Don, Albert, Phillis, Jack, Charlie, Bob and Fred, before becoming a housekeeper in Gladstone where she met Pop Nash. They eloped to Mackay and were married on December 31, 1932 when Nana Nash had not long turned 17.

Together they had four children; Audrey in 1933 who died at six weeks, Gwen in 1934, Les in 1936 and Errol in 1940. In addition she has 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and over 50 great-great-grandchildren.

Nana Nash spent her life in Gladstone, living in Auckland St, Breslin St (when it was still bushland), Central Ln and Southend where she put in a lot of time rebuilding the house after the cyclone in 1949.

During the Second World War the family evacuated to the Tablelands for safety for 10 months. Pop Nash rode his bicycle back to Gladstone to his barber shop each week, in addition to his volunteer job as a submarine spotter. On returning to Gladstone, Gwen brought back a pine tree, which Les planted in Central Ln. After 70 years, it was recently cut down.

Nana Nash worked at the fisheries sorting prawns for a while, but mostly was a stay-at-home mum. She was a keen fisherwoman and loved to go salmon fishing. Nana and Pop Nash would get dropped off for holidays at Nor West Island on the reef, with Pop Nash making films and Nana Nash doing shell work. She was a champion bowls player, winning many indoor and outdoor competitions, in addition to playing the piano and crocheting.

Nana Nash didn't mind a bit of a gamble. She would play night-time poker games for actual money - quite a scandal! You always knew it would be a big night if the kids were sent to the movies! She was also an avid bingo player, playing two or three cards at once. …

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