Although Elva was no longer a member, many of the older Ladies Only teams will remember her. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday when she passed away on August 26th. ( She was no relation to Kevin Mason who also died in August.)

Elva joined the Bowls Club in September 1992 and during her playing years served on the Ladies Committee and also the Ladies Selection Committee. On the green she acquitted herself well playing Pennant Bowls for many years, mostly as a skip. She was the Runner-Up in the Minor Singles competition in 2002-2003.

She had not played bowls for some years but she still continued to involve herself in various Club activities. She really enjoyed the annual Veterans Day where she would catch up with friends.

Elva was born on 7th August 1933 and grew up in Port Melbourne. As a child and a teenager she loved sing-a-longs, camping at Anglesea and New Years Eve parties, in other words she loved fun. She became a nurse and specialised in Midwifery. Elva met her teacher husband at a dance and as usual for those times the growing family was moved around the Victorian country and Melbourne suburban schools. They even lived on Nauru Island for a time.

She had always played tennis and netball, so when the family eventually settled in Doncaster she became the Netball coach at her daughter’s Secondary College.

Listening to her family speak at the funeral she was described as caring, loving, supportive, having a wonderful sense of humour and a kind heart. Family meant so much to her . Elva would say, “ How lucky am I.” But the family said, “ No, we are the lucky ones.”

Memories from Elva’s life.


Thank you to Ian and Kay Golding for some of the information. Thanks also to Brian McDonald for finding the ‘ YouTube’ clip……Lyn Goodman