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Eat dessert first said Moyra


moyra and garden(copy)OBITUARY: Moyra Henderson: 23 March 1936 – 22 January 2014

Moyra moved from Christchurch to Mangawhai in 2009 to join her brother Dave Henderson and his wife in the sunny north. Moyra quickly made many new friends, young and old, and was a bright and cheerful light in the community. Being a ‘can-do’ person, she was involved in ‘The Originals’ Art Group, the community garden, the local Women’s Association, as well as being an active member of the Causeway Church and Mainly Music. She also helped out at the St John Op Shop and was an enormous support to many young families, always being on hand to babysit and give ‘Mangawhai mums’ a break.

In her younger years in Christchurch Moyra was a devoted wife and mother to three sons. She loved her house and garden and when her children went off to school she worked as a nurse and taught yoga.

Later Moyra worked at Jellie Park Recreation & Sport Centre for 22 years as the Maitre d’. She had superb customer service and organisational abilities and thoroughly enjoyed working with her colleagues who included her ‘baby brother’ David and two of her grandchildren.

Well-known for her good humour and candid manner, Moyra had the capacity to see the positive in most situations, even when her own health wasn’t the best. She had a superb sense of style, loved shopping, and especially enjoyed going out for coffee and cake. As she said, “Life’s too short, eat dessert first.”

Moyra’s funeral was held at the Causeway Church which was packed to overflowing with friends and family, many dressed in vivid colours with sparkling accessories and painted toenails to honour Moyra’s fantastic dress sense. The pastor announced that the service would be called Moyra’s Big Day Out to reflect her philosophy that everyone have a good time and only tears of joy and laughter were to be shed.

Moyra’s three sons travelled from the United States and Australia to farewell their mother. They knew how much she had loved being a part of the community and were deeply moved by the hospitality they were shown. They shared stories about their antics growing up and being on the receiving end of the dreaded wooden spoon! So many people stepped up to speak in her honour that the service was close to two hours of storytelling, laughter, tears and love. As the congregation left the church each person was given a little bag with sparkly bling around it and inside was a chocolate with a note which read: A Bennett’s chocolate, just like Moyra – Sweet, Fun, Quirky and Full of Love xxx.

Moyra was a bright spirit with a huge heart who will be greatly missed by many.

Julia West

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