Goodbye, Aunty Gina

2017-01-17 10:26
Georgina Mouwers with her People’s Post Spec Savers Community Champions Elders Award.

Georgina Mouwers with her People’s Post Spec Savers Community Champions Elders Award. (Gary van Dyk)

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It was a fitting send off for a Colorado Park stalwart as hundreds gathered to mourn her loss.

Georgina Mouwers, affectionately known as Aunty Gina, spent her life in servitude to others, with her main goal being to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mouwers was laid to rest on Saturday. With the local New Apostolic Church packed to capacity, it was clear to see that she had reached her goal of making a difference in the lives of others.

Mouwers was also recently named the winner of the People’s Post Spec Savers Community Champions Elders Award in the 70-80 years category (“Elder Gems”, People’s Post, 4 October 2016).

Aunty Gina passed away at home on Thursday 5 January after a short battle with cancer.

She remained a God-fearing woman to the end, with her last spoken words being the Lord’s Prayer.

She lived her life unashamed of her faith and used this as motivation to give of herself in service to others.

Her love and devotion to this goal is what earned her the title.

Her family was struck by tragedy, and at an early age she learned about giving and responsibility. Decades later, she was known in the community for her passion for others and lending a helping hand.

In her first article with People’s Post (“‘My struggle made me strong’”, 23 August 2016) Mouwers said her mission had never been to be recognised but rather to see the joy in others.

Mouwers ran a soup kitchen from the Colorado community hall, cooking meals twice a week. She was keen to give back and saw the perfect opportunity to do so when approached to run the kitchen. With help from community members and local vendors she cooked for hundreds of people.

Mouwers also used her energy and zest for life to help others in need, often walking to collect chronic medication for those who could not and assisted anyone who needed help.
She also started the Colorado Seniors Club in 2015 and kept active.

She was a humble and modest person.

In her interview with People’s Post, Mouwers said:

“I find so much joy. This is like a job I am getting paid to do. I plan to continue as long as my health allows me.”

And she did so, with her last community activity being a Christmas party for her soup kitchen at the Colorado community centre at the beginning of December (“Aunty Gina’s Xmas party”, People’s Post, 13 December 2016).

She believed she was destined to be in the business of giving and did so with compassion, love, care and unwavering selflessness – attributes that gained her much respect.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren.

Apostle Marc Diedericks led Aunty Gina’s funeral service at the New Apostolic Church on Saturday.

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