Myra Ellen Leadbeater Obituary

Died 26 May 2012 aged 94 years

Myra's parents, Robert Michael Gorey and Ellen Maud nee Montgomery, lived at Mallala where they had a greengrocery store. Their first child, Reginald Eric, was born at Burra; the other three at Mallala (Ivor Raymond; Myra Ellen, 23 October 1917; and Elva Maud). When Myra was 2 or 3 years old her family moved to the city where they lived at Linley Avenue, Prospect. The kids walked to school at Nailsworth, where, incidentally, the Leadbeaters also attended.

Myra & basketball team

On completion of her primary education Myra briefly attended Nailsworth Technical School before taking a position with dressmakers, Wedgewood Mantles in Adelaide Arcade, as a machinist, and later, a fitter. For many years afterwards she enjoyed designing and making her own clothes.

In her youth, Myra played women's basketball where she met lifelong friend, Mavis Munn (who married Arthur Whittington). Later, the two families met on a monthly basis on Saturday evenings for dinner, alternating between their two respective houses.

When Myra's father was appointed head stockman for the agents Hogarth & Edwards, the family moved to Dry Creek, living in a company house adjoining the stockyards. She met Roy Leadbeater through his friendship with her brother Reg. They fell in love, married, and moved into their new house in Vaughan Street, Prospect, a couple of streets from Roy's parents, and spent the rest of their lives together there. Their children, a son and daughter, both grew up happily there.

Myra & Mavis

Myra enjoyed going into town each Friday to meet friends for lunch and to select fabrics for her dressmaking which now included children's clothes. Most Christmas holidays, Myra & Roy went to town to buy a porcelain figurine, Toby jug or animal. They gradually built up a fine collection. Myra also enjoyed reading fiction and they both enjoyed the challenge of doing the newspaper crossword together each day. She once said "between the two of us we've got one good brain". Myra continued her interest in crosswords to the end.

The Gorey children had not been baptised as infants but Myra attended the St Clement's Church of England (later, Anglican). Family friends, the Thompsons, also attended but Tommy was not baptised either. Eventually, after much discussion, they decided to attend classes for adults and were both baptised. They continued with further classes and confirmation. Myra became active in the Mothers Union and on the church cleaning roster. Of course, she made a number of new friends over this period.

Roy and Myra Leadbeater

When the children were grown up, Myra had more time to spare, so she joined a ladies lawn bowling club and learnt to play the game. Then, after Roy retired from work, he joined the Prospect Bowling Club where his father had previously played. Myra transferred to the same club so that they could play mixed pairs together and attend some of the social functions. Myra made new friends here also.

After Roy's death, Myra moved into her retirement unit at Ridgehaven where she enjoyed pottering in her garden. The whole family gathered together there every Sunday afternoon, continuing the long established tradition.

Upon her peaceful death in the Ridgehaven nursing home, Myra was cremated at the Enfield Memorial Park Crematorium and her ashes scattered in the gardens where Roy's had been previously.Myra Leadbeater - recent According to her wishes, no memorial was erected.

She was survived by her two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leadbeater family tree