Dame Elisabeth Murdoch‘s memorial service this week in Melbourne’s towering St Paul’s Cathedral was full of grace, dignity and joy (which, coincidentally is her second name!) And also of people. The cathedral was jam-packed. So was a marquee alongside. Crowds in Federation Square watched the service on-screen.
Her son Rupert spoke of her strength of character, her deep and ongoing love for her husband – who died 60 years ago – and children, and her unmatched generosity of spirit. ‘She left a beautiful garden….in full bloom’.
Former state premier, Jeff Kennett, described her as ‘a constant in our lives – always optimistic, always active’. She stayed connected to Mother Earth, he said. She put her hands in the soil.
Bishop Andrew St John, who flew from New York to deliver the address, saw her famed Cruden Farm garden as ‘a little bit of Paradise – an expression of Dame Elisabeth’s faith, a focus of family life, a springboard for her philanthropy and for community involvement’.
Is this an example for all of us?