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Fond memories of Mulwala's Mary

Police investigations are continuing into cause of an accident that claimed the life of popular Mulwala resident Mary Hidson.

ROB MUIR June 3, 2014 5:15pm

Mary, 66, and her husband Bill were returning from an overseas holiday on May 26 when their vehicle left the Wangaratta-Yarawonga Road around 3.30pm.

Their vehicle collided with a tree stump, resulting in Bill being hospitalised with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Sadly, Mary died on impact.

Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Lady President Edith Mason described Mary as "larger than life" at last Wednesday's annual presentation dinner.

"Whilst we are gathered here this evening to celebrate and congratulate our champions, there is such an air of sadness as we have lost one of our dear friends," the third-year president said.

"Mary was larger than life, always bubbling away, being noisy, sometimes annoying, but such a great golf ambassador, travelling near and far to most bowls.

"Our life goes on, but I know she will be greatly missed by us all."

Mary won her fair share of pennant matches and was "fiercely competitive" according to Edith.

Captain of Mary's Division 2 Pennant side this season, Jeanette Hogan, valued Mary's assistance. "She was a very good team player," Jeanette said.

"Nothing was any trouble. Ask her to take her car and she wouldn't hesitate."

Lady Captain Anna Castles commented that Mary was "a really good clubperson, always happy, always getting everyone involved". Life Member and multi A Grade club champion Karen Droop added, "Mary was full of life, full of fun." 

B Grade club champion, Karen Mitchell, credited keen Collingwood football supporter Mary for getting her into competitions and bowls, and playing regularly.

"We were also very competitive and had some great battles on the greens," Karen, who lives a Par 4 distance away from the Hidson property in Sturt Street Mulwala, said.

"Mary was also very interested in my golf and I know today if she was watching she would have told me to hurry up on a number of occasions!"

Karen said her B Grade victory was "bitter sweet" because of the death of Mary whom she said was an inspiration to her.

Ever since Mary and Bill arrived from Melbourne to Mulwala 14 years ago, they have both been actively involved with Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort. Bill was a director on the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, and is the immediate past Nine Holers captain.

Police are investigating the cause of the impact, considering factors including speed, fatigue and mechanical fault.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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