Helen McNAUGHTON (née Collyer)

Passed away peacefully at Opal Gillin Park, Warrnambool on January 17, 2021.

Aged 91 years

Loving wife of Douglas (dec.).

Loved mother of Dianne, Alan, Philip, Robin, Glen their partners and extended family.

Adored ‘Nanny Macca’ to her 21 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.

Sadly missed

Always in our hearts


Family and friends of HELEN are invited to attend a Funeral Service to celebrate her life at the Eastern Park Chapel, 271 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool on FRIDAY (January 22) commencing at 10a.m.

A Rite of Committal will be held at the Warncoort cemetery, Cemetery Road, Warncoort commencing at 12.30p.m.


Funeral Notice

ServiceJanuary 22, 2021 - 10:00 am271 Raglan Parade Warrnambool, VIC View MapVenue: Eastern ParkView live stream


  1. Eternal rest to a lovely lady,Helen…it was an honour to have been a part of Helen’s care team over the past 5 years.Caring thoughts to all the family. Loretta Riordon.

    Loretta Riordon January 31, 2021
  2. Hi, I’m Grace and I am Nanna Mac’s 4th Great-Grand Child. At school, we had to do a biography on someone important. I chose Nana Mac for my biography, she was definitely my first choice seeming she had so many wonderful stories to tell and always remembered every detail!

    I have been asked to reshare part of the biography but at the funeral we ran out of time; these are a few of my favourite stories about her life.

    Because of Nana Mac’s kind and loving nature throughout the interview all she could talk about was her family and friends because, in her words, they are more important to me than myself.

    Nana Mac has been to many places such as; England and there she went to Buckingham Palace, Tasmania, Queensland and all over Victoria. Nana Mac went to Dubai and Bahrain (which is near Saudi Arabia). Nana Mac loved to travel. She loved to be able to travel to visit her family and help look after her grandchildren or attend special events like their school plays and performances.

    Nana Mac loved painting, sewing, knitting and making felt toys, mainly little mouse ones she made about 750 mouse toys. She even sewed her own wedding dress and all her bridesmaids dresses. Nana Mac always made all her children and grandchildren’s clothes too. When Caleb, my brother, Nan’s oldest great grandchild was born. Because he was very early there weren’t any clothes that would fit him. So Nana Mac sat at the hospital for a whole day until Cub had enough clothes to fit him.

    She was 14 in World War 2 and her Dad went to World War One he won a medal and was photographed as part of the 100 year anniversary of World War One.

    Her children were very important to her; she summed them up in one sentence as best she could; Diane won the best and top prize in school every year and loved to dance.
    Alan, (my grandad) could fix anything, just like my dad.
    Phil built the set of the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.
    Rob was the top student every year and has travelled all over the world with his work.
    Glenn is very sporty and missed getting into the Commonwealth games for bowling by ONE point.
    Nana Mac always laughed at all the cute and funny things her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids do. She writes down everything they say and keeps them in books. Nana Mac keeps a journal on every one of us. When we were born, what we weighed, a lock of our hair and the important things we have done. She has made everyone a scrapbook of our favourite things.

    Nana Mac always talks about when my dad Wayne was about 2 – when he sneezed he said ‘I did 3 bless yous’. So the whole family refers to sneezes as bless yous!

    She taught Rummo or Rummikub to all her family and that’s a huge effort- there’s a lot of us!

    When Nana mac waved goodbye she always waved with both hands so we waved back the same. When she was growing up every day there was something funny that happened and when her kids were growing up she was always having a good laugh.
    The last day we spent with Nana Mac, we played a game of rummikub. It was a great day and really funny because if she needed to pick up a tile Nana Mac would see what it was then if she didn’t like it she’d say, “Oh No I don’t want that one,” then pick up another tile. Until she had the one she wanted. And she even cheated by going when it was someone else’s turn if she could put out tiles! We didn’t mind though because we still had a great time.

    Nana Mac was always loving, caring and so sweet to us- she always had the right joke to make us laugh. And she’d always make time for us. We love you so much.
    From all your family, Nana Mac, your life was full of loving deeds, forever thoughtful of our special needs. Today and tomorrow, our whole life through, we will always love and cherish you.

    Grace January 23, 2021
  3. Many memories of Helen over many years, Mepunga East, Lifeline and Gillin Park
    Sincere sympathy to her family.
    Ann Symons

    Ann Symons January 20, 2021
  4. My deepest sympathy to Dianne, and the boys.
    Fondly remembered lady,
    Heather McDowell & Merle Newling

    Heather McDowell January 20, 2021