R.I.P. Aunty Mavis

Image source: Kate Swaffer ©️ 2021, taken at Port Lincoln SA

Rest In Peace my darling Aunty Mave.

Mavis Dawn Casey

Passed away at Port Lincoln Hospital on

March 4, 2021

Aged 94 years 

In spite of a recent serious health incident which I may blog about sometime soon, I’m sharing some current sadness, the death of a dear Aunt who lived in Port Lincoln, SA.

I’ll be eternally grateful I was well enough to go to the hospital there a couple of weeks ago to spend time with her, as her life slowly came to an end, and I feel the deepest of gratitude to have spent many hours sitting vigil with her. She almost always called me Katie or when young, Katie May (even though neither of those were my birth names), I always called Aunty Mave.

My heart is breaking, as although I know she’s finally at peace, was as comfortable as one can be when dying, and has gone to a better place, she has been my ‘Rock’ for more than 60 years. We were often able to spend time together sharing our mutual love, and I’ve prayed with her and for her, a lot more than usual over the last few weeks.

It is important for me to honour and recognise her this week, whilst we have been sharing and speaking about so many women of note, and of important matters for International Womens Day. She was truly humble about her life and achievements, of which there were many, and the life she lead was to be truly admired, and emulated.

Her Spirit was strong even as her body weakened.

She has always been there for me, when others (who should have) have not.

She never judged me harshly, even when I’ve been an idiot.

She’s always loved me unconditionally.

She was always kind to me.

She never lied about me.

She never lied to me.

My darling Aunty Mave, you’ve been so much more than an aunt to me, you’ve been a best friend and the ‘parent’ in my life that I’d always needed. You are my role model, for the last 60+ years, and will continue to be for the rest of my life.

Rest In Peace my dearest Aunty Mave. I will always love you, and will be eternally grateful for you having lived, and for the peaceful and beautiful times we have had together.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


On Thursday, March 11, 2021 the Relatives and Friends of the late Mrs. Mavis Dawn Casey are invited to attend her Funeral Service, which will be held at West Coast Memorial Park, 1123 Flinders Highway, Port Lincoln at 10.00 a.m. Private Cremation. Current COVID-19 restrictions will apply.

13 thoughts on “R.I.P. Aunty Mavis

  1. Please accept sincerest condolences from Kathy and me, Kate. We know that your Aunty Mave will be a shining source of love and strength for you always. Her memory will thus be for a blessing. I can commiserate some, as my beloved Aunty Helen was a similar shining light in my life when she died at age 44 and I was ten years old. If not for her illness and death, I would not have become involved in neuropsychology and would not have sought out people with dementia. As C.S. Lewis noted, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” I think that, in the end, it’s a price all of us happily pay.


  2. Sending my love, 12 roses and my deepest condolences dear Kate. ❤️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🛐 Prayers for all those grieving are going out as well 🙏🛐 a special prayer for you dear Kate as I know that grieving is often more difficult for PLWD. 🙏🙏🛐🛐


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