REST IN PEACE: Ivy Joyce Lynn, wife of Monto RSL Sub Branch president John Lynn, passed away on Boxing Day at 88.
REST IN PEACE: Ivy Joyce Lynn, wife of Monto RSL Sub Branch president John Lynn, passed away on Boxing Day at 88. Contributed

Joyce leaves behind taste of her pumpkin scones

MONTO has lost a repository of local knowledge and vast experience with the passing of Ivy Joyce Lynn, who died on Boxing Day at the age of 88.

Her eulogy was delivered by husband John Lynn, president of the Monto RSL Sub Branch, at her funeral on January 2.

"Joyce”, as she was known to all, was born on November 28, 1930, to Henry and Mary Jenkinson who resided at the grazing property Lochern in Mundubbera, which is still worked today.

Joyce and her two sisters rode their ponies six miles there and back each day to attend Cattle Creek School, before spending evenings together completing chores and spending family time together.

"Their mother had a bad heart so their chores were to milk the house cows whilst one had to do the cooking and the other the house work,” John said.

"Their mother, being a wonderful cook, taught the girls her skills in the kitchen.

"On winter nights the family sat around a beautiful lamp and did knitting and fancywork, which was entered in the local show, as well as their cooking.”

The sisters would go on to complete high school as boarders at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, before the family moved to Hervey Bay, where Joyce would spend time rollerskating.

Joyce moved to the Monto district about 1955 and began working as a housekeeper for a Ms Coote, who lived on Boyle St.

She met John about Christmas, 1956, and the courting process involved dates at the local pictures and dances at Mungungo.

They married on September 14, 1957.

Their first home was purchased in Morse St and in 1962 they would buy an allotment in Stuart St to build their new home.

The Queensland blue couch lawn the Lynns planted at their Stuart St home still thrives today.

The couple had two daughters, Sandra and Kerry, who were born in 1960 and 1963 respectively, at Monto Hospital.

In January 1972, the Lynns became proprietors of the Shell service station on Kelvin St, which is now a Puma.

Joyce's domestic prowess, passed down from her mother, became renowned at the service station.

"Joyce, being such a great cook, started cooking their 'smokos' and would walk over to the shop each morning with prize-winning warm pumpkin scones and cakes for John and his staff.

"Customers knew what time to arrive too.”

Joyce was a happy spectator watching John play tennis and dabbled in golf, but discovered it was "not to her liking”.

The Lynns travelled extensively around Australia, especially Queensland, and New Zealand.


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