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Kilmore’s Shirley Dally passes away aged 108

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Max Davies
Max Davies
Max is a journalist for the North Central Review. He joined the paper as a cadet journalist in 2021 and graduated from La Trobe University in 2023. He takes a keen interest in motorsport and the automotive industry.

One of Mitchell Shire’s oldest residents Shirley Dally died on July 15, leaving behind a legacy of compassion through her caring nature.

Aged 108, Ms Dally had lived at BlueCross Willowmeade for nine years, making lasting impressions on staff, residents and visitors alike.

She died peacefully on July 15.

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Son Alan Thomas said his mother was up and about until the very end, caring for herself each morning and making her own bed in her Willowmeade room.

“She’s been up here nine years and the staff [at Willowmeade] are going to miss her – she was connected to everybody really. She was greatly loved and will be sadly missed,” he said.

“The blessing of it all is she went quickly and peacefully. A matter of fact, some of the nurses had a few days off and when they came in and were told that Shirley had passed away, they didn’t believe it.”

Mr Thomas said his mum had a remarkable ability and desire to care for the people around her, regardless of where she found herself in life.

“She always found that wherever she lived, in Preston, Nunawading, Yarrambat, Gosford, Wandong, Macleod and then up here, she always found someone her age or an elderly person who really needed help, and she was always there for them,” he said.

“She was always available to comfort and help people, that was really her legacy. Always willing to do whatever is needed to help somebody feel more comfortable.”

Mr Thomas said Willowmeade staff had told him that ‘Shirley would never be forgotten’ – a testament to her character and impact at the home.

Ms Dally’s funeral is planned for August 8 at the Crick Chapel at Fawkner Memorial Park.

Family and friends unable to attend are invited to access the funeral live stream via her tribute page through TJ Scott and Son, available at .

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