Bernadette Kelly's Son Peter, and his wife Jenny and from Sydney,Mrs Kelly's daughters Linda and Judith with their dad Leo Kelly.
Bernadette Kelly's Son Peter, and his wife Jenny and from Sydney,Mrs Kelly's daughters Linda and Judith with their dad Leo Kelly. Contributed

Park named after amazing lady of courage

OVER 400 people gathered together to honour former Mooball resident Bernadette Kelly when a park was dedicated to her in the town last week.

Sadly, ovarian cancer claimed the life of the well-loved champion for the community.

Even in her last days suffering from the disease, she raised funds for the Relay for Life cancer research initiative.

"She was an amazing woman," husband Leo Kelly said.

No doubt Tweed Shire Councillor Gary Bagnall will be pleased to see the park named after a worthy local woman, as he pushed for more parks to be dedicated to women at the May council meeting.

"It's a great honour to have a park named after her," Mr Kelly said.

"But she was very worthy of the honour."

Mrs Kelly worked for the Murwillumbah Lions Club, the Women's Auxiliary and was a member of the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir that sang at the park dedication last Sunday.

Cr Phil Youngblutt did the honours as family and friends gathered to honour the "sung" heroin.

The Kelly's had just retired and were looking forward to their time together when Mrs Kelly was diagnosed.

"It's so sad, yet it was her nature to fight on and she lasted well over two years after diagnosis," Mr Kelly said.

Mrs Kelly was one of the first 23 teachers at Tweed River High School when there were only two schools on the Tweed.

The family owned and ran the Mooball general Store for 71 years.

"She was a lady of courage,"



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