A gifted artist and an original member of East Maitland-Beresfield Lioness Club, Angie Cornish died at St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Sandgate last Friday.
She was 72.
Mrs Cornish was one of nine children born in Malaysia.
She came to Australia in 1964 with her husband David, who was in the airforce and based at Butterworth in Malaysia when they met.
The couple lived in Ipswich and Melbourne before settling in Beresfield in 1971.
The family returned to Malaysia for two-and-a-half years in the 1970s when Mr Cornish was posted there.
Mrs Cornish is survived by her husband David, their four children, Jenny, Sandie, Suzie and Vicki and a grandson Freddy, to whom she was very devoted.
Always a community-minded person, Mrs Cornish loved her involvement with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at Beresfield and spent some time as East Maitland-Beresfield Lioness Club president.
Her artistic talent led to her organising art shows as fund-raisers for the Lioness Club and she also exhibited her own works of art, which won some prestigious prizes.
The Mercury reported in 2001 how magnificent scenery in Australia and overseas provided the inspiration for her winning entry in the Weston Art Show.
A Mercury columnist for 17 years, Mrs Cornish achieved her best result at the Weston Art Show, winning first place in the miniature section for Tuscany and a highly commended in the flowers/still life section for Iris.
Her winning entry Tuscany was inspired by a trip to Italy where she took many photographs of charming buildings with their windows and planter boxes.
A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Delprat Avenue, Beresfield on Thursday at 10.30am.