Rae Metry couldn't stand chooks in large numbers.
That was a little unfortunate given she was married to prolific poultry breeder and well-known auctioneer Braham Metry for 36 years.
But such was her devotion to her husband, Rae happily traipsed around shows, chook auctions, clearing sales and antique radio auctions in NSW, Victoria and the ACT, forming lifelong friendships along the way.
She was with Braham during one of his proudest moments at Sydney Show when he achieved a record of $1800 each for two geese, according to their daughter Stephanie.
"My nan said Dad has loved chooks since he was a child and that never changed," she said.
"My mother not as much, she actually couldn't stand chooks in large quantities. She didn't mind a few for eggs but not the hundreds Dad always had."
But at heart, Rae was an "introverted, book-loving Trekkie who loved heavy metal".
A creative woman with the "kindest heart in the world" who took part in the World's Greatest Shave long before cancer was to claim her life on May 24.
Raelene Joy Metry was born on April 30, 1964 at Mercy Hospital to Pauline and Maurice Greene of Albury.
She went to Hume Public and was among the first intake of Year 7 students at Murray High School.
She saved her pocket money as a kid to buy Enid Blyton books.
Rae met Braham in 1982, they were engaged on Valentine's Day in 1983 and married on February 11, 1984 at St Matthew's Church, Albury with a Lebanese Orthodox priest travelling from Sydney to wed them due to Braham's background.
The pair were tickled when their wedding photo won an award in The Weekly Times.
Rae started at Officeworks Albury part-time in 2000, moving up the ranks to become a co-ordinator before transferring to the Wodonga store in 2010, where she worked until illness forced her to resign only this year.
She loved her Officeworks family - and they supported her to the end.
"I always had the latest stationery and lunch boxes," Stephanie recalled.
"Mum would write individual Christmas cards for every employee and give them a Christmas bauble of some kind.
"She would also write or type a letter for the whole team, frame it and sit it in the lunch room - a tradition I have implemented now at my own workplace as a social worker."
Raelene was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, underwent a lumpectomy and four rounds of chemo and radiation before a further operation to remove her ovaries in 2015.
After that, Stephanie said her mum was taking life in her stride until a "dreaded call" in September 2017 when tests showed the cancer had moved to her bones and then into her brain in 2018.
She was able to get onto a drug trial, which gave her the time to see her beloved daughter marry Joel Blezard Hetherton in December 14, 2019.
"We would love her to be remembered as not losing the fight to cancer but winning it again and again," Stephanie said.
In the words of the Star Trek series she loved so much: "May she live long and prosper."
A private funeral service will be held on Monday, June 1.
- In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations in Rae's name be made to the 'C' Bag Initiative by the Albury Wodonga Cancer Foundation, BSB 640 000 Account: 3714 6758.