Jean Hoddinott at her treasured Boyne Island beach.
Jean Hoddinott at her treasured Boyne Island beach.

Jean remembered as matriarch of Boyne Island area

THE "matriarch of Boyne Tannum" will be remembered as a keen community advocate.

Boyne Island's Jean Hoddinott died on April 25. Mrs Hoddinott lived at Boyne Island for 70 years.

"She's seen it from when it was just a bunch of beach shacks," daughter Robyn Barrie said

"She was there as Boyne changed over the years and really embraced the growth of the area. She embraced change."

Ms Barrie said her mother had been a friendly and outgoing person.

"Everyone talks so highly of her; she really had a good effect on everyone she came in contact with," Ms Barrie said.

"She was a real community person in her younger days - it wasn't that long ago she stopped delivering meals on wheels."

Mrs Hoddinott was one of 12 children born to John and Mary Renton.

The Rentons were a well-known local family in Beecher, where Renton St was named after them.

Mrs Hoddinott was born in 1921 and in 1941 married Bob Hoddinott from Boyne Island.

Her father was a builder and constructed four shops and a family residence in Tank St, Gladstone.

He also built a beach shack at Boyne Island for the family.

Mrs Hoddinott received a touching tribute at Gladstone Regional Council's meeting.

Councillor Maxine Brushe said Mrs Hoddinott made a huge contribution to the community.

"In my opinion she was the matriarch of Boyne Tannum," Cr Brushe said.

Mrs Hoddinott is survived by her daughters Joan, Delma and Robyn and her grandchildren, great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.



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