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*** Ethel Eva Peverill had a sort of classical beauty when young and a dynamic energy in her later years. She had the stamina of a horse, and it was the envy of her children.
Her active life began at 'Springdale' where she learned to ride, and between 1906 and 1920 she won numerous prizes at the Donald and Birchip shows for horse riding as well as fancy work and huckaback. For a few years before she married she was 'in business with her sister in Birchip', as we are told in a 1916 testimonial written by the town's Presbyterian minister. He added that she was a 'conscientious Christian girl'. Her Christianity, indeed, was one of her most outstanding characteristics. Her life was centred upon her family and her church. After the wedding and the honeymoon, which was spent at Jenolan, she turned her attention to the creation of a home full of good influences and loving care, and the encouragement she gave to her three daughters' musical pursuits has been described.
Ethel Honeychurch herself possessed a mezzo-soprano voice which she employed in the choir at Wesley Church, Forest Street, Bendigo. She was an enthusiastic member of all sorts of church groups, and outside the church she interested herself in such projects as meals-on-wheels and, indeed, anything that had to do with the care of the elderly. For many, many years she regularly visited the Bendigo Benevolent Home to spend hours talking with old and lonely people, and at home she spent more hours making jam and cakes and all manner of other gifts to bring a spark of joy where there was none. She taught religious instruction in schools.
Perhaps the cause nearest to her heart was Methodist Home Missions. She was the Home Mission agent in the Bendigo Circuit, and a more conscientious agent had never been seen. It may well be that her remarkable physical fitness was a result of the long miles she walked year after year collecting contributions. If no one was home she called again, and again if neccesary. The final contribution received may have been only sixpence, but the annual total was impressive. The Director of Home Missions, the Rev Alec Pederick, counted it one of his greatest pleasures to visit Bendigo, and to be the guest of Ethel Honeychurch. Little did they know in those early days that their families were to be linked by the marriage of Glenda Honeychurch and Bill Bossence; but there was already a distant link in the much earlier marriage of Lorrie Peverill and Elva Pederick.
Ethel Honeychurch had a vast company of relatives, and she kept in touch with many of them. She had a well-developed sense of 'family' and took particular delight in the fact that her lastest son-in-law was called William. She gave him the yellow napkin ring inscribed with a silver 'W' that had belonged to her father, William J. Peverill. She was proud of her country upbringing, and one of the happiest occasions in her life was the Golden Jubilee Re-union of the Corack Methodist Sunday School in 1929. She was proud of her Cornish heritage, and like her mother-in-law Mary Ann Honeychurch she revelled in making Cornish pasties so long that they could scarcely fit in the oven. She was proud of her grand-children but there were two of them she did not live to see. 'Nana' died five months before William Jonathan Bossence was born. On the previous Sunday, Easter morning, she had sat in the front row of the Kyabram church next to her little two-and-a-half-year-old grand-daughter, Jane Elizabeth Bossence, who adored her. On the following Saturday night she suffered a sudden pain from the heart, and she died in hospital early next morning.
There were three diamonds in her engagement ring and in due course each of her three daughters took one and had it set in a gold ring of her own, thus fulfilling the wish of a mother who is remembered with the greatest love and pride.