Ashburton victim's funerals planned

BLAIR ENSOR AND NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 10:18 05/09/2014
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'THEY WERE HER FAMILY': Ashburton shooting victim Susan Leigh Cleveland with her rottweilers Holly, Zena and Cameo.

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The victims of this week's triple shooting in Ashburton's Work and Income office will be farewelled at funerals tomorrow and on Monday.

Susan Leigh Cleveland, 55, known as Leigh, and Peg Noble, 67, were shot dead at their workplace about 10am Monday. Lindy Curtis, 43, was injured in the shooting and remains in hospital.

A death notice in this morning's Ashburton Guardian says Noble will be farewelled at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre at 11am, Monday.

''Much loved partner of Don. Loving sister of Rose. Loved mother of Geneva, and Alex. Special Nana Peg of all her grandchildren and a loved ''Aunty Peg'' to many,'' the notice says.

Noble worked for Work and Income for 20 years. She was a regular at the Ashburton RSA along with her long-time partner, Donald Campbell, a shearer. She was also a representative bowls players who competed around the country.

The other victim of the shooting will be farewelled at a funeral service tomorrow.

A death notice in The Press this morning says Cleveland will be farewelled at the District Club in Alexandra at 2pm, tomorrow.

''Much loved daughter of Kathleen and the late Eric Cleveland,'' the notice says.

''Loved sister of Donald and Raylica, Sharon and Lindsay, David and Barbara, loved aunty of Simon, Scott and Morgan, Kylie and Shaun and great-aunty of Willis.''

Cleveland never married or had children, but loved horses and dogs, family said earlier this week. She was an active member of local dog clubs and had two Rottweilers.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PLANNED

A community service will be held in Ashburton on Thursday to remember Cleveland and Noble.

The civic service will be held at 12.15pm on September 11 at Baring Square East. 

The Ashburton Benevolent Trust and Ashburton District Council have also set up a fund for the victims of Monday's tragedy.

Mayor Angus McKay said the fund was one way the Ashburton community could show its support for the victims and their loved ones. 

"There are many members of the community who wish to help in some small way and show support to the families of Leigh Cleveland and Peggy Noble," he said.

"Many of us have been affected directly and indirectly by this sad day but we will stand together as a community to get through this difficult and emotional time."

Donations can be made through internet banking or at any Westpac bank branch. 

Ministry of Social Development chief executive Brendan Boyle said all offices, including frontline offices, would observe two minutes silence at 9.51am on Monday to "remember and honour" Cleveland and Noble.

All offices and contact centres would also close between 12pm and 1pm on Thursday during the Ashburton community service "as a mark of respect", he said.

Fund account details:

Account name: The Ashburton Victims Fund

Account No: 03-0835-0342252-00

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