FAREWELL: Enid Sheehan, of Maclean, pictured recently with Arthur Newman, of Yamba.
FAREWELL: Enid Sheehan, of Maclean, pictured recently with Arthur Newman, of Yamba.

A lover of people

By EMMA CORNFORD ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

AT her 103rd birthday celebration in May, Enid Sheehan got up and recited poems she'd learnt from her mother while growing up.

As one of the Clarence Valley's oldest residents, Mrs Sheehan was always up for a yarn and a cup of tea and was known for her smile and laughter.

She died last Friday after a heart attack, but her son Kevin Sheehan said her outgoing nature and ability to converse with everyone will live on in the minds of people who knew her.

"She was the most kind-hearted person and treated everyone exactly the same, no matter who they were," Mr Sheehan said.

"She lived day by day and always used to say that you could have a bad day one day but a great day the next so she was always there for that great day, right until the end."

Mr Sheehan said his mother was a crochet enthusiast before her eyesight failed her and had also been been a keen cook, mastering the art of making desserts.

"She was a person everyone wanted to know and meet with and she had all her faculties," he said.

"She was a lover of flowers, a lover of people and she was completely down to earth."

Mrs Sheehan was born in Gulargambone, north of Gilgandra, in 1902, and moved to Maclean when she was nine. She was married to Bernard Sheehan, with whom she lived at Maclean. The couple moved to Brooms Head in 1967, but Mr Sheehan died in 1970. She stayed there and looked after herself until she was 100, when she was struck down with shingles and her family moved her to Mareeba Nursing Home, Maclean.

"It was one of the hardest decisions we ever made, moving her to Mareeba, but

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