BERRY Show secretary Jim Bieler considered Sheila Bowden a wonderful font of knowledge.
“There were two other secretaries between Sheila and when I took over the job 10 years ago, and while they both passed on a mountain of information, she was always there willing to offer help and advice,” he said.
“Being show secretary for 27 years was a massive effort and the amount of work she did, not only for the show society but the Berry community, was incredible.
“She was also very useful resource. If I was having trouble managing people, she always knew who was the best person for that particular job at the time.
“She had an affinity with so many people and that’s why I think she was so widely known as Aunty Sheila.”
As well as being show secretary, over the years she was also a successful competitor, particularly in horse events when she was younger, even competing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
She was also involved in the cooking, flowers and needlework and then became a judge in most of these through training and teaching junior farmers.
She was called on many times as an expert judge, in the rich fruit cake and woollen garment competitions, which were staged each alternate year between the Berry and Albion Park Show societies for the zone judging.
“Sheila was always available as a a judge of the fruit cake section, and did so until last year,” Mr Bieler said.
“Her service was wonderful, she was a fountain of knowledge and I never heard her say a cross word against anyone, which was pretty a wonderful thing considering she had so many people to deal with over the years,” Mr Bieler said.