OBITUARY: Valma (Val) Brown, of Port Elliot, passes away on November 9, 2021

Valma Betty Brown (nee Isam)

February 27, 1929 to November 9, 2021

Valma (Val) Brown, nee Isam, was born in Wallaroo and arrived in Victor Harbor in May 1929, after her father Cyril Isam purchased the blacksmith business in McKinlay Street from his cousin, G Haskard.

She was educated in Victor Harbor and played tennis and basketball (netball) and also umpired netball.

After leaving school, Val worked for Brian Lalor as a pharmacy assistant in the Ocean Street Pharmacy before marrying Tom Brown in September 1956 and moving to "Lomond Gardens", Nettle Hill Road, Hindmarsh Valley.

Val began a 65-year membership of Hindmarsh Valley Country Women's Association (CWA) in 1956, and was an office bearer from 1964 until 2018, with only a couple of minor breaks.

She was instrumental in organising and purchasing catering supplies, coordinating volunteer rosters, setting up and packing up venues for countless fundraising and community events run by the Hindmarsh Valley CWA such as catering for the South Coast Sheep Dog Trials, for weddings, birthdays, clearing sales, morning teas, gymkhanas, balls, and dances.

She regularly provided reports for the The Times, Victor Harbor and the State CWA Newsletter, outlining activities and events run by the Hindmarsh Valley CWA, and researched, typed and collated many handouts and booklets including the history of the South Australian CWA Hindmarsh Valley Branch 1943-1993, the first 50 years.

She learnt crafts taught through CWA ranging from rush work, embroidery, needlework, making stuffed toys, quilling to floral art and cake decorating.

Val became a member of the National Trust in 1995 and was part of the committee involved in designing and overseeing the development of the new museum space, the Encounter Discovery Centre, which opened in 1998.

From 2003 to 2016 Val held office as vice chairperson or chairperson and received a Service Award Certificate from the South Australian National Trust in 2006 for her service to the Victor Harbor branch.

She provided reports for The Times and the State National Trust newsletter, outlining activities and events run by the Victor Harbor branch of the National Trust.

Val researched and produced booklets on Guest Houses of Victor Harbor, and a History of Hindmarsh Valley that are held at the National Trust Museum.

Val was a lifelong learner and, in later years, learnt parchment craft and donated cards for CWA and National Trust fundraising.

She was often a guest speaker for community groups and did many local radio interviews.

She and Tom retired from farm life in 1999 and moved into Victor Harbor in 1999.

Tom sadly passed away in 2009, and in 2018 Val moved to Resthaven at Port Elliot.

She passed away on November 9, 2021 after a short illness, aged 92 years.

Val is survived by her three children, Peter Brown, Margaret Davis and Jeanette Brown, seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

A well-lived life of service to her family and community.


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