25 February 2024

Parish celebrates centenarian’s living legacy

Nancy Esmore with Bishop John Harrower, the Reverend Phil Meulman and daughter Sue Bloomfield. Picture: Bob Barclay 

By Bob Barclay 

2 February 2022

On Ash Wednesday Nancy Esmore, a member of Glen Waverley Anglican Church, celebrated her 100 years of life. Seventy-three of those years were spent with her much loved husband Arthur who passed away 2015. 

Born in Dunolly, Nancy was the youngest of 17 children. Growing up between the world wars. Nancy began work at the Dunolly Hospital where she cooked meals for the staff and patients, but her real ambition was to become a nurse. 

In 1941 she married Arthur, at St John’s Church of England Dunolly. Mr and Mrs Esmore moved to Albert Park Melbourne, and the Emmanuel Anglican church became their spiritual home for 24 years. They then moved to Glen Waverley into a house they built and, which remains Nancy’s home today.  

St James’ Syndal was their faith community, which it remains, now as part of the GWAC amalgamation.  

Here Mrs Esmore made many friendships that persist today. Over the years she and Mr Esmore were involved in various associations, including local garden clubs. Mrs Esmore continues to spend much of every day in her beloved garden, which she loves to share with anyone interested. She simply cannot stop propagating plants, her green fingers supplying a wonderful living legacy to many other gardens. 

Mrs Esmore’s parish family at GWAC acknowledge this wonderful achievement of her centenary, and wish her God’s blessings as she witnesses to and encourages many people who are touched by her wisdom. 

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