I visited the hospital a couple of times over the last few weeks because one of my flatmates injured himself falling out of the sky. One weekend I saw other friends who were there as their mother was in hospital. Sadly she died at the end of last week. I attended the funeral this morning. A remarkable woman, she was one of the first women to graduate from Otago University as a lawyer. Instead of going directly into law she married her boyfriend and raised a young family. She was received to the bar in 1930,
One of her sons was gay, and as a lifelong member of Caversham Presbyterian Church she graciously told their conservative leadership when she dissented from their views. It was an inspiring and moving farewell to a lady. She was ninety-six.

Good-bye Marion.

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