Much-loved Bundaberg woman remembered
WHEN you speak to people about Bobbie Noonan they all say she just loved to bowl.
Noonan affectionately known as the "Bowling Granny" was a frequent bowler and member of the Bundy Bowl and Leisure club from 1979 until last Friday when she died at the age of 88.
Despite battling lymphoma cancer, and having 10 rounds of chemotherapy, Noonan never stopped bowling.
Even a month before her death, Noonan would make sure she headed down to the centre to have a bowl with her team the Alley Cats.
Good friend and team-mate Maureen McCormack said the competitive bug never left her even in her final days.
"She just didn't want to let the team down and felt she needed to bowl every week," she said.
"Bobbie just put everyone else before herself."
McCormack and Noonan travelled together for many years as they competed around Queensland in bowling tournaments.
McCormack says she will miss reminiscing with Noonan about those memories.
"Our friendship formed in those events because sometimes it was just the two of us," she said.
"I'm going to miss our weekly bowls on Wednesday and our chats about our previous trips."
Noonan was a two-time champion in the Tenpin Bowling Masters Tournament at the Bundy club.
She won the inaugural competition in 1979 and then backed it up 25 years later in 2004.
In her first win she defeated her daughter Dawn in a match still talked about by the club.
Her son Peter McElligott said her bowling got better with age.
"My mum surprised everyone as she would beat players in their 20s and 30s when she was in her 70s," he said.
"She just loved the sport and playing with her friends."
He added no matter how hard they tried they couldn't stop her bowling.
"We tried to stop her bowling in her late years but she wouldn't budge," he said.
"She was a massive advocate of move it or lose it."
Now the owner of Bundy Bowl and Leisure, McElligott said she helped in any way she could.
"She would do all the lucky dips and help create the lolly bags for the kids," he said.
"She would also do all the jobs no one wanted to do."
When asked to describe his mum McElligott said she was loved by everyone.
"She was a typical mother who would do anything for us and loved us all so much," he said.
"She made sure everyone was happy and will be missed by everyone at the club and our family."
McElligott now plans to
remember his mother with a tribute tournament to be held next year.
"I plan to create the Bobbie tenpin bowling classic. Hopefully it will attract a lot of Queensland-based players and it will be a huge event for the region."
Bobbie Noonan is survived by three sons, three daughters and 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
Her funeral will be held at Des Allen Funerals in Toonburra St tomorrow at 10am.