Isabella Joseph (nee Gascoigne)

Obituary for Isabella Joseph (nee Gascoigne)

We record with regret, the passing of another very old resident of this district, in the person of Mrs Isabella Joseph, whose death occurred on Saturday afternoon at the residence of her daughter, Mrs J Kennedy, Blaketown.

The deceased, who had reached the age of 68 years, had been in ill health for some time, and the end was not unexpected.

The late Mrs Joseph was a native of Auckland and came to the Coast about 50 years ago.  She resided for the greater part of this period at Maori Gully, where her husband who predeceased her by 18 years, was occupied in Gold Mining.

Mrs Joseph was in every respect a true woman, a typical example of the great band of pioneers of whom we are so proud today, the story of whose trials, and struggles in the back-blocks of New Zealand will ever be gratefully remembered by their descendants, who today are reaping the benefits of the labour of this fast decreasing band of early settlers.

Mrs Joseph will be greatly missed by inumerable friends who realise they have lost in her a noble woman, one whom it was an honour to know.  Her advice, assistance and sympathy were never sought in vain and her neighbours of the back-blocks sometimes in those days living as far as twenty miles apart, had cause to regard her as a good Samaritan in their hour of need.  Deceased at one time kept the store at Kopiri, but of her late years had resided with her daughters.

She leaves a family of three sons.  John (Ranunga); Dan of Rutherglen; Matt invalided home after having been severely wounded in Galipoli, and four daughters, Mrs T. Coles (Ruru); Mrs J. Nestor, (Kokiri); Mrs L. Stewart, (Cobden); and Mrs J. Kennedy (Blaketown).  Widespread sympathy will be felt for the family in their sad bereavement.

The Greymouth Evening Star, July 31, 1916

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