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Siblings and Descendents
Melita Grace Law (Scotland)
"Celebrating the life"
August 31, 1917 - March 16, 2002
Memories of friends
- St. Michael's Church member
Dear Tim and family,
Appreciation of Melita
Thank you for hosting the farewell to my friend Melita and the
celebration of her rich life today, 20th March 2002. Since she
trusted in her Lord and saviour Jesus, my resolve to think and
speak of her life in the present continuous tense is well founded.
Melita yet lives in a very real way, even though we acknowledge
the temporary reality of 'dust to dust, ashes to ashes'. As Tom
so truthfully stated in the funeral service, because Melita trusted
in the grace and mercy of God, she lives now with him, and will
one day (soon please God) when he comes to rule the earth with
justice and compassion, experience his mighty resurrection
a new body and unending life in complete fullness, enjoying God
and his people always.
Melita lived in a way that makes me think that the promised new
life will be wonderful. Her example points to much greater things
to come. She overflows with love and kindness, never here complaining
in spite of weakness, pain, the inevitable disappointments, always
thankful for the blessings she experienced. So now for her no
more frailty, only unending joy. Melita is not a stranger to
joy. She has already lived with this attitude, resolved to do
good, be useful, help wherever and whenever she can and in all
of that ministry of service, expressed a delight in God and his
I love Melita. Like many others I miss her already. She shared
my concerns for the re-vitalisation of our church, St Micks
many of us being old and having to live gently and slowly. She
encouraged me. Whenever my wife Barbara did the Bible readings
for Sunday service, Melita was warm and appreciative. She loved
being hostess to the Bible study group that for the agreed time
flourished at Lisle Lodge. She loves a chat. I enjoyed conversations
with Melita at church, at her home and on the 'phone. She helped
me as the Australian Democrats candidate for Curtin in the 1998
election. Melita does love people. The Spirit of Jesus does shine
Thank you God for the work that you did in and through Melita.
met Melita (Scotland) Law when I was about 10 when we were neighbours
in Mt. Claremont. I saw her home being built, and I often visited when
she lived there with her mother, Mrs Scotland, and worked for a doctor
in the city.
Then in my childhood memory I saw a photo in the "Women's Weekly"
of Melita on her wedding day to Max Law. Melita told me years later that
she carried "white broom" in her bouquet and I always think
of her when the "white broom" is in flower each year (Spring).
Melita was such a good friend to me. Welcomed me into her life and often
had Max organised to collect us from the Hospital when my father was an
inpatient at Hollywood Hospital for prolonged stays (3 lots of 13 weeks)
when I was about 13. He was so reliable always there at the gate to meet
us, after we'd experienced the awful reality of our Dad's sickness - after
a day at school - three frightened children (aged 13, 10 & 7) Max's
reliability and firm anchor in a choppy sea, has had a deep impression
Then there was church, St. Michael's Graylands, where from the age of
14 I went each Sunday, and Melita was there - organising the breakfast
encouraging each of us. In fact she dobbed me into being a CEGS Leader
and I found new strength in doing that, which I didn't realise I had all
because Melita insisted. She understood my situation wasn't an easy one.
She often came to our aid with cheery words, bunch of flowers and kind
offers of support when our parents were sick.
Melita was an angel. My mother always described Melita "as an angel".
Yes I miss her in my life, as we often had long chats on the phone. She
was always kindly interested in my family, and told me about her family
especially the grandchildren - she knew all their little ways. How she
enjoyed being at Tim & Kerry's block in the hills.
However, when she had pain she was also able to describe how she tried
to deal with it, and we had her to a meal in November 2001 and she was
not able to sit comfortably yet did her best. Two days after this meal
Terry, my husband had a pace maker inserted - it was a shock and out-of-the
In January - after all the fuss had died down, Melita called one day and
quietly said "how are you, because it must've been terrible to go
through that experience". I was astounded that she could let me know
that she understood, as even members of my family didn't show that sort
I have many stories and many memories over the years of Melita, Max and
Tim in the early days and yes I miss Melita's kindly calls and she was
such a good xample of a fully human being able to love so well, and also
able to be annoyed by some lesser mortals failings. Her joy at the little
things and her rambley garden at Mt. Claremont was infectious and I aim
to have those things in my life - as I get older.
Thank you Tim for the opportunity to write about Melita
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