Heather Ruth HOWES was born 1928. She married Grant Dare. They lived in Reefton where Grant was a Hydatids officer. They moved to Taumarunui where Grant died as a result of a car crash in the late 1960s.
After several moves, Heather settled in Fairlie, helping out on the farm. She died there 1999.
Heather trained as a Karitane nurse. There were 5 in their family – Michael x-x, Kerry x-x, Linda x, Tim (Steven) x, Pat x.
Heather certainly knew sorrow and loss. After her husband and Kerry died, she also lost Michael, who died suddenly the end of 1990s.
Michael’s son Ben is a famous mountaineer and in 2015 was honoured for rescuing a friend in an amazing save in the Himalayas.