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  • Name REAKES Frances 
    Born 1915  ,,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reg. Narromine 1915 25235
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 27 Nov 2009  ,,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Obituary 27 Nov 2009  ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Matriarch laid to rest
      27 Nov, 2009 10:20 AM
      It is a rare thing to hear applause during a funeral but as Brian Gainsford finished the eulogy for his mother Grace, who passed away last week, that is exactly what happened.

      A loud ring of applause filled St Augustine’s Church on Wednesday as family, friends and those who were touched by Grace laid the 94-year-old matriarch to rest.

      The grief of family and friends cannot be understated but Grace’s death also gave time to reflect and celebrate a life full of contribution until the end.

      “Mum was a very good community person, actively involved in lot of organisations in leadership roles,” Mr Gainsford said.

      “Mum had a very special talent in welcoming new people into our town and district making sure they felt comfortable in their new community.”

      As a “social butterfly” Grace also loved entertaining, making the family residence a “a home not a house - a legacy she left us all’’.

      “You were guaranteed a cup of tea and cake,” Mr Gainsford said.

      Born in Narromine during the First World War to Marcus and Lena Reakes, Grace was the 10th child in a family which ultimately bore 15 children.

      Life on the family homestead of ‘Brooklyn’ was tough but it was equally measured by a sense of humour that saw the Reakes clan through trying times.

      In 1939 Grace married Ken Gainsford who shared her interests in sport, farming and hard work. Ken brought three children into the marriage before the couple had their only child, Brian, together. When her friend Margaret Jarvis passed away aged 25 the couple took her child Jenny under its wing and raised her on ‘Yarran Farm’ where they lived for the next 35 years before retiring into town.

      “Mum knew all the elements that go with living life on the land and was very supportive in securing their future in farming and establishing Dad’s three sons with their own properties,” Mr Gainsford said.

      “Mum made a lot of sacrifices and went through a lot of hardship for all this to come to fruition.”

      Despite the hard times Grace devoted whatever spare moments she had to strengthening the Narromine community both through sport and kind-heartedness.

      Earlier this year Grace was recognised with 50 years of service to the Red Cross and was involved with the CWA, the Circle Club, St Vincent de Paul and the Narromine Show Society as well as several parishes.

      These commitments didn’t impinge on her sporting pursuits such as tennis where she was described as a “terrier” around the court. She was a tennis club member for 28 years, and served as bowling club president for four years and vice president for 10 years during her four-decade- long association with the club. Grace also excelled in the male bastion of cricket playing for the Backwater Women’s team as wicket keeper and batsman alongside her two sisters. In later years she became a great follower of sport particularly her granddaughter, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor’s, athletic career.

      Considering her own sporting endeavours it wasn’t surprising that Grace lived to the age she did and it was only in the later years that the ailments of old age finally took their toll. Last year she moved into Timbrebongie House where she earned the mutual respect of staff.

      “In this life there are plenty of things you can have more than one of - but you can only have one mum,” Mr Gainsford said.
    Name Emma G Reakes 
    Name Frances Gainsford 
    Name Grace Reakes 
    Person ID I374  GeniAus Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2022 

    Father REAKES Marquis Henry,   b. 4 Feb 1879, Narrawanah Station,Dubbo,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1945, ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother HOLMES Lina Ruth,   b. 19 May 1881, Halfway House,Brewarrina,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1961, ,,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1898  ,,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F173  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family GAINSFORD Kenneth H.,   b. 27 Oct 1903, ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1997, ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 15 Feb 1939  ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
     1. Living
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1915 - ,,NSW,Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Feb 1939 - ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 27 Nov 2009 - ,,NSW,Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - 27 Nov 2009 - ,Narromine,NSW,Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] WWW, Narromine news

    2. [S2851] Narromine News and Trangie Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1956), Tuesday 21 February 1939.
      The marriage was quietly solemnis-
      ed at Dubbo, on Wednesday night, of
      Grace, fourth daughter of Mr. and
      Mrs. M. H. Reakes, of Brooklyn,"
      Narromine, and Kenneth, son of Mr.
      and Mrs. W. Gainsford, of Narro-
      The bride was married in her
      travelling frock of blue sheer with
      white accessories. She carried white
      tiger lillies and frangipanni.
      Her sister, Jean, who attended her,
      wore pink sheer and white accessor-
      ies and carried a bouquet of tuberoses
      and tiger lilies.
      Mr. Bob Reakes was best man. The
      ceremony was performed by Father
      The reception was held at Ender-
      by's Cafe where the bride's mother,
      who wore black floral sheer and car- -
      ried a spray of roses, received the
      guests, who were mainly relatives
      with a few close friends. -
      After spending their honeymoon, on
      a motor tour of the South, Mr. and
      Mrs. Gainsford will live at 'Yarran
      Farm,'' Narromine.

    3. [S52] x NSW BDM Indexes, NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, Reg. Dubbo 1939 3454.