When Thora Williams was born with a hole in her heart, doctors said she wouldnt live until the age of seven. When she reached seven they changed the prognosis to 14, but that was still not enough living for Thora, who died just last month at the ripe old age of 84.
Not only did Thora defy the medical books by reaching adulthood, but she did things no-one expected her to do, such as playing rounds of golf and riding her horse Elsie 12 miles each day to attend Lismore High School. As a young woman she got a job with Lismore Council, where she remained her entire working life. She relished her position as the town clerks secretary.
Thora displayed an absolute devotion to her role, said Lismores former town clerk, Byron Stevens. She was loved by many, respected by all.
But Council was not Thoras only passion and she was a woman of many talents. She was an active member of St Andrews Church and devoted to her family as well as being a keen furniture maker, traveller and dressmaker. She was also a member of Quota International for almost 30 years and friends say she had great compassion particularly for disadvantaged children, putting her heart and soul into projects that would help their plight.
Everyone knew Thora and loved her and she left a great legacy with Quota that will not be forgotten, said her sister Joan Pratten. She was such a diligent worker, and a very loving and caring woman. There are many who will miss her greatly.