Tributes for Liz Ainsworth: obituary

By Tara Whitsed

The colourful garden being planted at the Ainsworth family’s home reflects the person Liz Ainsworth was.

The much-loved mother, partner and community-minded person is being farewelled at a special service on Tuesday next week.

Liz’s husband Garry said it was her idea to create ‘Lizzie’s Garden’ where everyone was invited to plant a flower in the garden outside their home.

‘‘She was always wearing something bright; she was a really funky dresser,’’ daughter Isobella Ainsworth said.

Born on August 19, 1964, to parents Noel and Maureen Dumesny, Liz had already decided she wanted to be a television producer by the time she was 13.

Growing up in the small regional town of Benalla, Liz did not let that stop her from reaching huge heights during her production career.

One of her best friends, Kate Uniacke, said she had accomplished so many things during her career behind the camera.

‘‘She worked overseas a lot and was one of the first on scene at the (Heysel Stadium disaster) in Brussells when the stadium wall collapsed,’’ she said.

With a knack of always getting in there, Liz’s family laughed as they recalled one story in particular from her years working overseas.

Covering the cricket at Lords, Liz stumbled upon the ‘Long Room’ which was strictly a men-only area.

When someone told her she could not go in there, Liz replied: ‘‘You would have to be a pom!’’

In 1987 Liz married the love of her life Garry Ainsworth in Benalla and the pair went on to have five children: Adam (deceased), Matthew, Alexander, Isobella and Xavier.

‘‘Mum loved Dad so much,’’ Isobella said.

A family-woman, Liz did not let a single Christmas pass without getting a family photograph.

The walls of the family’s home are lined with the many memories of several Christmases past.

And it was not just her family who felt Liz’s endless amount of love; her friends were also constantly brought together by Liz who held regular coffee catch-ups with the ‘‘Old Coffee Beans’’.

She was known for her generosity to the district’s young people, providing funding for The Community Fund Goulburn Valley’s Lift Off Scholarships and working with organisations such as The Lighthouse Project, The Haven and Connect Goulburn Valley.

Liz appeared in The Age newspaper when Suzanna Sheed was elected State Member for Shepparton, having been an instrumental driver of her election campaign.

‘‘It was all women who worked on that campaign,’’ Garry Ainsworth said.

It was not just election campaigns that were driven by Liz’s enthusiasm.

She was also a huge part of the Merry Moo campaign which led on to establishing the now-famous Moooving Art Cows.

In 1995, Liz started her own business LA Vision where she worked right up until Friday last week.

Gripped by breast cancer, Liz had also engaged in speaking commitments on the topic at Shepparton’s Pink Ribbon Brunch.

‘‘She turned up to everything; every graduation, special ceremony, she was there,’’ Ms Uniacke said.

‘‘She was a dedicated mum and a dedicated friend.’’

Liz’s family welcomes anyone who wishes to attend Liz’s funeral and plant a special flower in their garden in her memory.

‘‘Our darling mum, Dad’s loving wife and everyone’s wonderful friend will be laid to rest next Tuesday, August 14, at 11tham at St Augustine’s Church,’’ Isobella said.

"Come one, come all. Wear a pop of colour to celebrate the wonder of Liz.

‘‘It was Mum’s special wish to have our front yard sprinkled with flowers in her memory.

‘‘Please feel free to swing by the Ainsworth house and plant a flower (supplied) for Liz.

‘‘Feel free to bring along your favourite photo memory of Mum to be displayed at the church on Tuesday.’’