Mary Campbell Greenslade

Mary Campbell Greenslade

29/04/1920 - 13/09/2017


Bethel Funerals Chapel, 620 Frankston-Dandenong Road Carrum Downs

Monday, 25 September, 2017 at 02:00 pm

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GREENSLADE. Mary Campbell 29.4.1920 - 13.9.2017 Daughter of Robert and Marion Russell sister to James, Agnes, John (Jack) and Robert, devoted and much loved wife of Herman Krause and then Milton Greenslade (all dec. ). Loving and cherished mum of John, mother-in-law to Elisabeth, proud grandma of Michelle, Andrew and Amy and delighted great-grandma of Ethan. A long and happy life lived in service to others and to her Saviour, Jesus Christ. A warm and caring lady, full of wisdom and integrity, remarkably active until recent years. We so appreciate all of your generosity, care & love to each one of us. Always loved, always remembered. 'Well done, good and faithful servant'.

In memory of Aunty Mary a wonderful loving and joyous friend.Will love and remember you always.Ian xx

Mary ,you have been a second mum to me and I will miss you. God give your family comfort and strength love always Jody

Dear John & family. My deepest condolences. I pray God’s peace upon you. Mary is in heaven praising King Jesus 24/7. Lots of love Saad

Greatly loved by Paul Mary and kids very special in our hearts love paul

Dear John & family, what a wonderful celebration of Mary's life i have just shared with you here in Cairns. Dear Aunty Mary was a most beautiful lady, funny, smart, loving & adventurous. She was also a special & caring older sister to our Dad, Jack, Such an honour to have known her & a blessing to know she is safely with the Lord now. Thank you John for making this media/webex available. Love Sandy XXX

Aunty Mary - a beautiful a lady with a great spirit now looking over us all. An aunty who will always have a special place in the heart of the Hodges. John, Elizabeth, Michelle, Andrew, Amy and Ethan I am sure the the wonderful memories of such a special mother, grandmother and great grandmother will outlive the sadness you have all felt in the past few weeks.

I have known Mary Greenslade since I was seven or eight years old. She was a remarkable lady, kind, caring, and also a little fireball at times. She was honest and told you the truth even if at times you may not have been ready to hear it. She was also woman with great empathy and a deeply caring heart. In a nutshell she helped shape not only my life but those of my Mother and sisters and for that and so much more we thank her. I think to have lived to 97 was remarkable and I’m proud of her for doing that. Well done Mary and good on you, I am forever grateful to have know you, go have a chat to Mum and I’ll see you both when I get up there. Until then I carry within me the values you, Milton and my Mum taught me.

MMary , a lady with all heart.Loved and respected never forgotten love Jody

Dear John, Elisabeth, Michelle, Andrew, Amy and sweet little Ethan. It was a privilege to have known Mary, she was such a wonderful person and packed so much into her life - a true inspiration to us all. She accomplished and achieved more then most could hope for but by far her best and proudest work was you John. We are honoured to have had her in our lives and can only imagine how much you all must be missing her. Sending love and prayers and peace. Jenni

Aunty Mary was a presence for good throughout my life. She was always interested in what others were doing and retained her sense of humour and kindness through the good times and bad that mark all our lives. Of all the remaining Hodge-Russell family members I am probably the one who can remember her the longest. Some of my earliest memories are of the thrill of finding a letter from her in the letterbox (in those far-off days the postman delivered twice each day), easily identifiable from her distinctive hand-writing. She was a regular correspondent and her letters were always full of news of what she had been doing. When my mother had her fifth child she did not cope well and Dad asked Aunty Mary to come and stay and help out. The five of us lived our childhood in the same house as Mary had lived after her family arrived from Scotland. I remember summer holidays when Mary walked out to the beach with Kenn and me. She had a pair of binoculars, rare in those days, and we had such a good time using them to look at things we otherwise would never have noticed. I also recall that during this time Mary became great friends with my mother's sister Janet and with mum's great friend Nell Peters. In her early days Mary was a great traveller and from her I learned that there was a wide and wonderful world out there and that it was possible to come and go. She lived in New Zealand for a time and I still have the Kiwi shell brooch she sent me more than 60 years ago. My dad, Jim, was really Mary's cousin. He came to Australia with her family and never had any further contact with his mother so the Russell family were very important to him and he always regarded them as his sisters and brothers . In later years, when we were trying to gather some of his family history, Mary was our only source of information and I was grateful for her wonderful memory. I particularly recall her many kindnesses to my brother Kenn during his dreadful illness and early death at 42. I remember going to the hospital the day of Kenn's death and seeing containers that Mary had used to bring some soup for him at a time he was reduced to eating liquids only. And in his final years Brian Kinder, son of Mary's sister Agnes, lived in Canberra and was in frequent contact with both Aunty Mary and me. Brian's was not an easy life and Mary remained a reliable presence and constant source of advice and affection for him. Brian and I mentioned Aunty Mary every time we met. Those of us who were her nieces and nephews are grateful to Mary for her presence and influence throughout our lives. Ever remembered with great affection.

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