The Riverina District Women's Bowling Association has lost a stalwart of the game with the death of Carmel 'Pat' Flynn at the age of 94.
Pat was on the district committee, in various positions, for a staggering 39 years from 1977 to 2015.
She was secretary for a total of 16 years, treasurer for two, vice-president for seven, president for four and the association's publicity officer for a decade.
In 1990, Pat made and donated a trophy for the Riverina District Shield which is hotly contested to this day.
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Pat was a major influence in the education and assessment of umpires.
She was a member of the district umpires sub-committee which was required to have three level two umpires.
In 2005, Pat, Marilyn Dando, Barbara Leddin and Eileen Wiersma passed the level two umpires exam and became the foundation members of the committee, which continued until 2015 until the accreditation process was changed by Bowls Australia.
"I know that Pat had a few of us scared in 2009 for our accreditation as umpires and our re-accreditation in 2014. Her knowledge was amazing," RDWBA head of match Sue Thurley said.
Pat was a member of Albury SS&A Bowling Club and was made a life member in 1988. When the club dissolved in 2011, she became a member of North Albury Women's Bowling Club.
Pat will be farewelled at John Hossack Funeral Services, Albury, on Monday at 11.30am.