In Memoriam - Lavinia Mills
Lavinia Mills became involved in the Club when her son, Francis (Frankie), joined the Palmerston Crocs. Though Frankie played for us for a relatively short time in the scope of things, leaving the NT to work in Brisbane, Lavinia continued to be one of our staunchest supporters.

She would always sit in the stand at Rugby Park as the sole supporter amongst the opposition. Her voice could be heard just about everywhere calling out "Come on Palmerston", drowning out any attempt by opposition supporters to out-do her. She quite often stood in the stands waving a big flag above her head - an imposing sight - a vision most of our club supporters at that time would fondly remember.

Frankie was selected on a number of occasions to play for the NT representative side. On one occasion, after Frankie was heavily tackled, she was heard to call out "You've done enough now, Francis, you can come off the field now!" - much to his embarrassment.

Those who were privileged to be invited to the Mills' household for dinner were guaranteed a lavish feast. Lavinia's curries were delicious, there were always ample other delicacies, and she was a gracious hostess.

In 2013 the Mills family contributed to the sponsorship of the club's Kerr-Barlow Scholarship program and for that the Club is very grateful.

Lavinia was well respected for her untiring work with disadvantaged children and also in the wider community. This was evident from the number of people who farewelled her last Monday.

We thank Lavinia for her loyalty to our Club. Those in the rugby community who knew her well will miss her very much. Our thoughts are with Martin, Frankie, Thomas and Ratu, and her two granddaughters, Aliyah and Alicia.

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