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40 comments on “Helen Botherway”

  1. It was a privilege to have had Jo in my life. She will truly be missed . My heart goes out to you all. Mariya

  2. We appreciated being with you as you celebrated Jo’s life. It helped us to recall many times we were together both in Auckland and in Vermont South – which for some years was my second home while I worked in Melbourne. Our thoughts are with you all – Dave, Cameron and Matthew – and Jackie, Geoff and David. While the pain will eventually fade, the memories will live forever. Take care, Frances and Warwick

  3. Warwick and I really appreciated being able to join you in your celebration of Jo’s life. While the Tasman has meant that in later years we did not see too much of each other, we still remember the adventures and enjoyable occasions that we shared while you lived in Auckland. Also the trip to Fiji where Cameron was adored by the locals – even though he had mumps! We also enjoyed visiting you when you started your life in your new home in Vermont South and I especially appreciate that Jo and everyone enabled me to stay with you as a second home while I was a consultant to a company based in Hawthorn. I so enjoyed being part of the family and also my shopping expeditions with Jo while I stayed with you. We re thinking of you all – Dave, Cameron and Matthew – and Jackie, Geoff and David. While the pain will fade, may the memories remain forever. Love, Frances and Warwick

  4. Lovely service, so sad not to be able to attend. Jo was a very good friend of 37 years, she will be very much missed and will always have a place at our monthly morning coffees. With love Ann Guy

  5. Dave, thank you so much for inviting me to share Jo’s goodbye. Such a shame that we wait for a time like this to learn so much about a special person. You did look so alone but we were all with you and the boys and so sorry not to be able to share a hug. Much love to you all.
    PS – loved the fireworks.

  6. Dave,

    A very moving service.

    I feel so sorry for your loss.
    Jo must have been a wonderful person. I am sorry that I did not know her well.


  7. From Judith …

    What a beautiful service for Jo .. You all spoke so well … Wonderful tributes. So proud of you. Matthews sparkling tribute to his mum .. Well planned. Loved the trip down memory lane with all the photos.

    From Anne …
    Very moving service and thought it came together so well. We felt very much for you all and David, and the boys what you shared was heart felt. It is amazing what you learn about a person at a funeral .. You get a wonderful overview and we were blessed to hear so much about dear Jo. Praying in your sorrow you will knows Gods amazing love and comfort.

    Lots of love and hugs from us both.

  8. That was a beautiful and meaningful service for a beautiful friend. I will never forget her or her wonderful needleworking talents and the thoughtful and brave way she inspired us all. Rest in Peace Jo.
    Dawn xoxo

    1. To Dave, Cameron & Matthew
      I always said it to Denise and I’ll say it again here to you “Jo is a lovely lady”
      I will miss her popping in to visit Denise for a coffee and I’d just walk in and join them so I could talk to her.
      Today’s tribute was beautiful.
      We will all miss her so much.
      With sincere condolences.

  9. To Dave. Cameron and Matthew, What a beautiful farewell for Jo. I felt so privileged to be able to share the service on line. Jo was part of the Apaches patchwork friendship group and I was so lucky to share many special times with her. I have the little wall quilt that I had made her and she returned to me now on the wall of my family room. I think of her whenever I see it every day. I also have so many other beautiful memories of Jo stitched into the blocks that she made as part of our annual quilt challenges.
    Thank you for making the service available and for giving me a chance to say goodbye.

  10. Warwick and I much appreciated the ability to join you electronically as you celebrated Jo’s life. While feeling a sense of loss, the stories about her brought back so many memories of the close friendship we had in Auckland and the holidays and adventures we enjoyed together – not least of which was going to Fiji where baby Cameron was adored by all the Fijian ladies – even though he had mumps. Also your connection with our house at Piha which Dave helped us build. Even though we lived on either side of the Tasman, we visited you and were shown around much of Melbourne and surrounding countryside – including vineyards of course! I also called your place my second home as it was so good to stay with you while I worked as a consultant to Diners Club, and I have very fond memories of just being part of the family and the outings that Jo and I went on at weekends. Our thoughts are with you all and we are sending enormous hugs, especially to Dave, Cameron and Matthew – and also Jackie, Geoff and David. Hopefully the pain will fade; — but the memories will stay forever. Take care, Frances and Warwick

  11. A great service and a a fitting tribute to the loving and talented Jo Botherway.
    A special thanks to all the contributors and it was heartwarming to hear so many kind words.
    May strength, comfort and peace be with Dave, Cam, Matt and Jess in the days ahead.

    Love to all
    David and Beverley Cooper

  12. Thank you for enabling me to take part in your service to celebrate Jo’s life. In better times I would have been there in person to farewell her. It was a lovely service reliving the beautiful memories Jo made for us all, especially her family. A beautiful service for a beautiful lady. I will miss her.
    Sincere condolences David and family.
    Janice Eady

  13. Sincere condolences to you all, so sorry for your loss.
    Such a heartfelt service, so fitting for such a beautiful lady who.was loved by so many xx

  14. What a beautiful and memorable service. It is clear that Jo was a wonderful and caring woman, an inspiration! She would be so proud of what her boys did today, it was perfect and personal. Rest In Peace Jo. We forever cherish our quilted treasure you made for us. Big big big hugs Cam. Love Rob, Renee, Uli and Hagen xoxo

  15. Diane and I thought the funeral was a great tribute for a much loved Jo and family.Well done all, Jo would have been proud of you all,Loved the fireworks and the firetrucks, BB

  16. Thank you for your friendship Jo. I will be thinking of you in quilting heaven. Rest peacefully.

  17. I was moved to be able to be included in Jo”s farewell today.
    A wonderful tribute to a fine and generous woman whom I knew for many years as a fellow member of Waverley Patchworkers and a small friendship group attached to the organisation.

  18. A lovely service, to honour the memory of our dear friend Jo.
    What a wonderful, happy, caring person she was, I will miss her smiling face at quilting events.
    Rest in peace Jo.
    Love Linda Crouch.

  19. There with you in spirit and giving you big hugs. With much love Teresa (Reesie Bese), Hamish, Keira and Devon

  20. Dear Dave, Cam & Matt,

    Words can’t express how sad we are for the loss of Jo. We will miss her and will cherish her handmade quilts, so blessed to have these gifts from her. Growing up she was a creative inspiration, we always marvelled over her projects. The collection of Christmas decorations she added to every year will bring back fond memories of her every Christmas. Sending our condolences to you at this very sad time. She will be greatly missed. It was a beautiful service.

    All our love,
    Ben, Anna & Phoenix xx

  21. A beautiful service for my beautiful sister. It meant so much to be a part of today even though we are far apart. Always in my heart until we meet some sunny day.

  22. Hi David and family .
    Our condolences and best wishes for the days to come
    Ross and Laura .
    New Zealand

  23. To dear Dave and family,
    What a brave and well respected woman Jo was. Always doing her best and supporting others. A wonderfully supportive member of Waverley Patchworkers and I felt privileged to call her a friend.
    Love Linda Steele

  24. What a fabulous service. , you captured the sprit of Coop with love and respect. Kia Kaha and love Ing.

  25. What a beautiful service and a great tribute to my big cousin. Rest In Peace Helen . Cathy Andrews

  26. Farewell Jo,
    Many happy memories of times at Waverley Patchworkers and your scones every New Year at Carrum Downs SQuilters.

  27. Very moving tribute by you all., Great we could all join in from New Zealand.

    Love to all

    Glen and Allison

  28. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this service. It was a beautiful tribute to a lovely person, who will be missed.
    Jenny Lindton

  29. Thinking of you all
    So thankful you had the service life streamed for us in New Zealand
    RIP Helen
    Lovely send off

  30. To Dave and family,
    Marne and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Frank and Marne Maher.

  31. Sincere condolences to all the family,
    With deepest sympathy,
    John and Jan Hall
    (Coles Myer and Melbourne PC User Group).

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