Arrowtown author Alma Stevenson, 71, died on Sunday at her Arrowtown home after a courageous battle with cancer.
She wrote six books, five of them children's books.
She and her late husband, Noel, farmed in Mokotua for 30 years before retiring to the Wakatipu where they turned Mr Steven- son's father Jack's Walnut Cottage into a successful gift and craft cottage.
When her husband died in 1999, Mrs Stevenson began writing and painting. Her first series of books Old Red, Old Blue and Old Yellow became popular with children.
Last year she published Zac Mac the All Black to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, donating part of her profits to the Queenstown Cancer Society.
A month ago she launched her final book, Joe's Journey, on board its subject, the TSS Earnslaw. Her family were to read Joe's Journey on the morning cruises of the Earnslaw this week for the steamship's 100-year celebrations.
Mrs Stevenson was working on several children's book drafts at the time of her death.
She is survived by Johnny, Debbie, Julie and Hayley, and eight grandchildren.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Check out what's on in your community or post an upcoming event.
Subscribe to a digital replica of The Southland Times.
Southland Times subscriber news and information.
Click here for information about advertising with The Southland Times.