Minna Jane Neale
MRS. M. J. COLLESS
Minna Jane Neale was born on 9th December, 1889, In the residence which was above the property Just about where Bruce Neale's mercery department is now. She was the third daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. J. P. Neale. Her father's mother, Anne Amelia Fulton, married George Neale, who established a general store on the property where Mr. Jim Connell's residence now stands. Anne Fulton's father was one of the three sons of the Rev. Henry Fulton, the first Rector of St. Stephen's Church of England, Penrith. Minna Neale was educated in Penrith. She married Alfred Sydney Colless in October, 1914. She died on 17th March last, at Gloucester House, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. At the funeral service of the late Mrs. Colless last Friday, the Rev. A. E. Hodgson, Rector of St. Stephen's Church of England, said that she had been baptised in St. Stephen's, confirmed, and then was married there in this same church. "We could not think of a greater life of service than she was given. She taught in the Sunday School, and quite a few here today have been under her Instruction. She sang In the choir. "She was a faithful member of the ladies' guild, and was a woman with a Christian character. She had a sweet disposition, was tolerant, and was easy to get on with. We mourn her passing," said the Rev. Hodgson. Prior to the service Mr. W. Roberts played music on the organ, music which had been loved By Mrs. Colless, and two of her favourite hymns were sung, at the service, "Sun of My Soul" and "Abide With Me." The church was filled with people who had come to pay their respect to Mrs. Colless. They were people who had known her for a great number of years, or else had In the course of time met her and they had become her friends. Mrs. Colless was greatly loved by all who knew her, and the love of her many friends was expressed in the beauty of the flowers which surrounded her in the church. Floral tributes from district organisations were as follows: Churchwardens and Parish Councillors of St. Stephen's Church; Nepean District Cricket Association; R.S.L. Club, Penrith; Penrith Inner Wheel Club; Penrith C.W.A.; Penrith Red Cross Branch; St. Stephen's Church Ladies' Guild; Penrith Apex Club; Penrith Bowling Club. Left to mourn their loss archer husband, Mr. A. S. Colless, and their two sons, Keith (Jannali). Roger (Penrith), and a daughter, Nancy (Mrs. Ron Trevor, Chatswood). The second son, Gordon (R.A.A.F.) was killed in action during the Second World War. The brothers and sisters of the late Mrs. Colless are—Reginald (deceased), Harry (Penrith), Constance (Mrs. H. A. S. Holliday, Roseville), Miss Alice Neale (Roseville), Dorothy (Mrs. J. W. Lee, Roseville), and Edward (Mosman) Members of the various women's organisations to which the late Mrs. Colless belonged formed a guard of honour from the door of the church. These organisations were the Inner Wheel; Penrith branch of the Australian Red Cross (she had the long service badge of the Red Cross Society), St. Stephen's Ladies' Guild, and the Penrith branch of the C.W.A. She was taken on her last Journey to Penrith cemetery, where she was buried in the Church of England section. The Rector performed the burial service. Messrs. John Price and Son were in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Source: Nepean Times 26 Mar 1959