Vale Lucy Gosling: Nursing home honours memory of long-term resident

Autumn Lodge resident Ken Priest (right) removing the memorial plant for Lucy Gosling with NVC Group Recreational Activities Officer Sonia Watts at the memorial service held on 8 August 2023.

A PINK flowering azalea has been planted at Autumn Lodge nursing home in memory of long-term resident Lucy Gosling.

Ms Gosling, 93, had called Autumn Lodge home in Macksville for 40 years until her passing in July.

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NVC Group Autumn Lodge Service Manager Joanne Parry said many residents and staff had experienced grief due to her loss and the tree-planting ceremony allowed them to share their emotions.

“Autumn Lodge had been Lucy’s home for 40 years, so she had formed many, enduring friendships over this time,” Ms Parry said.

“Because Lucy had touched so many people’s hearts, we held a memorial service and planted the pink azalea in memory of her.

“Pink was Lucy’s favourite colour.”

The memorial service was held on 8 August.

Ms Gosling’s closest friend at Autumn Lodge, Ken Priest, planted the tree while a Slim Dusty song played in the background.

The Australian country music singer-songwriter was Ms Gosling’s favourite musician.

After the tree-planting service, Mr Priest and Autumn Lodge Recreational Activities Officer Kathy Knox, shared some stories about Ms Gosling.

Ms Gosling had first moved into Autumn Lodge in March, 1983, with her mother Gertie Gosling.

Lucy was born in Kempsey and grew up in Tewinga, one of six children.

Even at the age of 93, Ms Gosling led a busy, full life.

She would spend her days in Autumn Lodge, Macksville, knitting, participating in bingo twice a week and enjoying monthly outings around the Nambucca Valley.

One of Ms Gosling’s dearest friends and confidants at Autumn Lodge was staffer Ms Knox.

The pair hit it off 30 years ago when Ms Knox was a carer and did the tea run.

“Lucy has certainly been a big part of my life and I miss her terribly,” she said.

“It’s the end of an era for Autumn Lodge.”

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