LOVING MEMORY: The late Ann Buchanan (middle) with husband Glen and Jayne, Andrew and Olga Buchanan. The photo was taken in December 2000 when Ann first celebrated a Holy Communion service at St Paul's, Stanthorpe.
LOVING MEMORY: The late Ann Buchanan (middle) with husband Glen and Jayne, Andrew and Olga Buchanan. The photo was taken in December 2000 when Ann first celebrated a Holy Communion service at St Paul's, Stanthorpe. Contributed

Town treasure to be honoured

THE Buchanans are a family remembered fondly by so many.

Glen was a stalwart Rotarian, the first Stanthorpe Show wine judge and one of the local doctors, while his wife Ann dabbled in politics but is more widely remembered for her church work.

Ann and Glen lived in Stanthorpe from 1959 until 2003 and were active members of the area.

Mrs Buchanan was the assistant priest at St Paul's Anglican Church from 2000 until their departure in 2003. Before that she was a deacon and liturgical assistant and, of course, a parishioner since the couple moved to the area.

On Sunday, July 22, she's set to be observed when a memorial window will be unveiled in her honour.

"I know she really loved the parish and the people. I remember she loved visiting the old people and the sick,” son Andrew Buchanan said.

Andrew, along with his three siblings, grew up in Stanthorpe.

"I remember she went through a phase where she was interested in politics. She actually stood against Lawrence Springborg in his first election. He won handsomely.

"When she started to get a particularly nasty disease called myeloma, she gave up politics and concentrated on the church stuff.

"Medical treatment made massive advance- ments when she had it so, when they moved to Brisbane, we only expected Mum to last a small number of years but she went for quite a long time,” Andrew recalled.

Andrew and his 88-year-old father, Glen, along with several other family members are set to attend the July 22 service which will be presided over by Bishop Rob Nolan.

"He was actually the Bishop in the region when mum was a priest and they became very good friends.

"The church has been very supportive because, of course, you have to go through a lot of hoops.

"The current Anglican priest, the Reverend Daniel Sitaram, has been helpful during the process of getting the window in place,” he said.

It'll be a sombre occasion for the family but also an opportunity to celebrate a loved one.

"We all miss Stanthorpe. We used to escape up there all the time. Everyone still misses living there,” he said.

The service will be held on July 22 from 9.30am.