Katanning community stalwart Lois Margaret Beasy farewelled in memorial service

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Lois Beasy memorial service.
Camera IconLois Beasy memorial service. Credit: Tom Shanahan

The Katanning community stopped for a moment in mid-May to pay tribute to the late Lois Margaret Beasy, just over one year on from her passing.

Katanning Baptist Church hosted a memorial service on Friday dedicated to giving those who were unable to attend her funeral last year due to COVID-19 restrictions the opportunity to say goodbye.

Known for her commitment to working alongside the Noongar community in Marribank and the Coorlingah Kindergarten, Sister Beasy touched the hearts of many throughout the Great Southern ever since she moved to region in 1960.

She dedicated nearly 50 years of her life to community, many of those spent as a community nurse, where she helped bring about significant shifts to social and welfare policies.

Order of Australia Medal recipient Elsie Penny and Curtin University Aboriginal studies lecturer Caron Wynne dedicated their growth as people to Sister Beasy’s guidance during their younger years.

Sister Beasy’s legacy lives on in the Lois Beasy room in Katanning Hospital and the Lois Beasy Award at Katanning Senior High School, both named in her honour.

Family members from across borders made the trip down to the Great Southern town to pay their respects in a memorial which has been praised by those who attended as a fitting way to say goodbye.

Sister Beasy touched the hearts of many throughout the Great Southern.
Camera IconSister Beasy touched the hearts of many throughout the Great Southern. Credit: Tom Shanahan

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