Public funeral for Lady Isaac

JOELLE DALLY AND CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012
Lady Diana Isaac

Diana, Lady Isaac

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The public will be welcome at a funeral service for esteemed Christchurch conservationist and businesswoman Diana, Lady Isaac on Thursday, her friend and colleague says.

The service, at which Bishop Victoria Matthews will officiate, will be held at the St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church on Oxford Tce at 2pm.

Isaac, 91, died at her home in Christchurch on Friday.

Rob Clarke, co-trustee of The Isaac Conservation Wildlife Trust, said "everyone is welcome" to attend the service.

The finer details of the service were yet to be determined, but it would be a respectful occasion for "a remarkable woman", Clarke said.

"It's a sad day [but] it's fair to say her legacy will continue," he said.

Clarke said her charitable trust would "continue indefinitely".

"One of the last things she said [to me] was she just wanted everything to continue as it was currently," he said.

Isaac's niece, Catherine Isaac, said the family had been sent "lots of lovely messages" in the last two days.

She said her aunt's death marked "a big milestone" for the family, as she was the last surviving member of her generation.

She last saw Isaac about two weeks ago and said she was "very happy. Serene and very peaceful".

Catherine Isaac said her aunt was a private person, but adored by all who knew her.

Tributes have been paid by Prime Minister John Key and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.

Key said Isaac's contributions to New Zealand were "truly remarkable".

Parker said Isaac's legacy would live on through her "amazing" contributions to Christchurch.

"She was a rare and very special spirit, who pushed the boundaries for women," Parker said. "She was one of those human beings others gravitated to."

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