Grantham farewells loved resident
MUCH-loved grandmother Jean Gurr was the first Grantham flood victim to be farewelled yesterday.
The 88-year-old was found in her home two days after a wall of water tore through the close-knit rural community on January 10 and left it in ruins.
Son Andrew yesterday spoke of how he spent two days trying to contact his mother, riddled with worry.
“It was agonising, not knowing. I couldn't even drive near her house because there was so much water. We just had to sit and wait,” Mr Gurr said.
“We suspect that she would have been in her lounge room watching TV and could have dozed off. She wouldn't have stood a chance.”
Mr Gurr said his mother's companion, Gretchen, a miniature dachshund, had not been seen since the flash flood.
“She always said she wanted to have her ashes spread with his and we can't find him,” he said.
Mrs Gurr moved to Grantham from Western Australia 10 years ago to be closer to her grandchildren whom she adored.
“Mum loved spending time with the kids; she always made time for them and took pleasure in telling them stories and doing things with them,” he said.
She also made friends easily, making herself known to her neighbours and people at the Gatton RSL, which she frequented.
“Mum was a strong, compassionate person who loved to laugh and always had time for other people. She could also be stubborn,” he said with a smile.
Lockyer Valley councillors and police officers attended the service at the Laidley Crematorium yesterday morning to pay their respects.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said it was important for everyone to unite.
“What has happened is a tragedy, and as a community we must stay strong and support each other through this difficult time,” Cr Jones said.
Despite the tragic event that claimed his mother's life, Mr Gurr said he does not blame anyone.
“This was just a freak of nature. No one could have seen this coming,” he said.
“The Lockyer Valley is a strong community. We will rebuild, we will recover.”
Mrs Gurr was one of 20 people to die in the flash flood.