Tribute to Libby Raines OAM

Last month Libby Raines, OAM—an absolute stalwart of Mount Wilson—died peacefully.

Libby loved the bush and, as a keen walker, founded the Mount Wilson bushwalking group in 1990, leading the group for 28 years.

She was also a recipient of the Bushcare Legend Award. She was a passionate gardener, horticulturalist and botanic artist whose gardening knowledge and wisdom was phenomenal. She and her husband, Keith, created the magnificent garden Merry Garth in Mount Wilson.

For nearly 30 years they developed the 2½ hectare garden into a serene place of wonder and beauty.

Libby joined the Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine Rural Fire Brigade in 1991 and was awarded a long service medal in December 2015.

She served as an active firefighter, driver and station officer and helped out numerous times with catering. Libby was also a community first responder.

The Mount Wilson Progress Association valued her contribution, especially as treasurer. She was also a devoted member of St George's church.

I celebrate Libby's life and acknowledge the loss felt deeply by her family, the mountains community and the wider gardening and Bushcare world.

As her friend Judy Tribe has said, "A sadness has fallen on the mountain."

Vale Libby.

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