Ill health forced Margaret to shift from Wondai to Melbourne in to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law.
Margaret nee Bell was born in Wondai in but spent the first 10 or so years of her life living in Brisbane. After helping out on the family farm for a few years, she wondzi training as a nurse at Wondai Hospital and then as a midwife at Toowoomba. She met her future husband, Wilf, while she was still doing her training.
Inshe was appointed Matron of Wondai Hospital, a role she held — although the official title changed a few times over the years — until she retired in She was also a correspondent for the South Burnett Times for many years. Inshe decided to stand for Council and was elected — the first female councillor at Wondai Shire. Margaret served one term on Wondai Council but towards the end of this the first s of Parkinsons Disease were becoming evident.
She is survived by two children, Rowan and Kyron, daughter-in-law Lorraine, and two grandchildren, Tanysha and Tahlia. A funeral service will be held in the Wondai Diggers Club at pm on July 3. However, as s are restricted to 50 inside, the family has asked for intended attendees to RSVP to She will be buried at Wondai Cemetery.
What a beautiful lady and a wonderful matron of our hospital in Wondai. They were the days.
She was great but always knew what we were up to even when we thought we were pulling the wool over her eyes. A lady and role model. I am still nursing Cheryl Holmes June 25, Remember this lovely lady well.
She was a Matron of Wondai Hospital when I had my children. I worked alongside Margaret during the years I nursed in Wondai. Wonai was a very compassionate and skilled nurse.
Jan Pratt July 5, I worked alongside Margaret from She was at all times a positive loder model for her profession and advocate for her patients and community. Such a wonderful woman and a great role model for us all.