Hundreds remember Maitland flood victim Anne Jarmain A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A “modest, independent” woman: Friends and family remember Gillieston Heights’ Anne Jarmain who died after her car was swept away in last week’s Hunter floods. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookHUNDREDS of friends and family have farewelled 86 year-old great-grandmother Anne Jarmain, the Gillieston Heights woman who died in “tragic and unexpected” circumstances last Wednesday when her car was swept away in rising floodwater in Maitland.

Ms Jarmain’s funeral was held in Rutherford on Wednesday, only a few minutes’ drive from the stretch of road that claimed her life when her car became caught in the floodwaters that hit the region last week after days of heavy rain.

Members of Ms Jarmain’s family remembered a “modest, independent” woman who had cared for her husband, Jim, for several years after he suffered a stroke, and “was admired by everyone who knew her.

Anne Jarmain: A matriarch mourned. Picture: Supplied

Her love of sport, particularly cricket, was mentioned, and her frequent “cheeky” trips to Melbourne for the Cup.

Her grandchildren, Nicholas Jarmain and Leigh Jenkins, remembered her as the matriarch of their family, who hosted Sunday lunches that “brought our whole family together”.

Deb Smith, a friend from the Telarah Bowling Club where Ms Jarmain was a former president, spoke of a “fierce competitor” with a “love of live, a willingness to forgive, and a philosophy of two wrongs never make a right”.

She said that Ms Jarmain had mentioned only weeks before that she had “no regrets”.

Anne Jarmain was farewelled in Rutherford on Thursday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Mourners were asked to thank the men who had jumped in the water to save Ms Jarmain after her car was pulled away in the raging waters, as well as police, fire fighters and emergency service crews that helped during the floods, and the people who had lost loved ones in Dungog.

After the service, family members laid gerberas on Ms Jarmain’s coffin, a “reflection of her bright personality”, and outside released blue balloons into the sky.

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