Friends of the late Kaye Weatherall, a much-loved Cootamundra and Wallendbeen woman who pioneered cold-pressed mustard oil production at Wallendbeen, are invited to her funeral at 1pm on Tuesday December 15, at Wallendbeen Cemetery.
The funeral will be followed by refreshments at Yandilla, her home of 35 years, where she ran the Yandilla Mustard Oil business.
Kaye, born in Sydney in 1929, died in Cootamundra last Saturday, December 5, aged 91.
The following tribute to Kaye was contributed by a family member.
"Kaye was a pioneer in many things during her long life.
She went to Kambala school for girls in Sydney, where she met and became great friends with the Baldry family through Katherine Anne who later married Ashley Jacobs.
They both attended Sydney University before taking off and travelling to London around 1951 just after the War. Her father was killed at Tobruk during the war.
Kaye first worked as the personal secretary for a brilliant young man who was Legal Counsel for BP. She thoroughly enjoyed the stimulating work until he was killed in an airplane accident nearly four years later.
She then joined the foreign office and was posted abroad enjoying time in Borneo before finally being posted to Kathmandu in Nepal.
Here she met and married Micky Weatherall and remained in Nepal for the next 20 years.
Kaye loved Nepal and wrote a book about the country and its peoples.
She started the first International hair salon in Kathmandu, importing hairdressers from India and having local girls as apprentices.
She also opened a school for the children of workers on the tea estate where she lived.
Kaye loved the arts, enjoying theatre and cinema whenever she could.
She loved reading, and credited this to her great friend Katie Jacobs who inspired her when at school. It was not uncommon to see her reading a few books at the same time.
Retiring to Australia in 1977, Kaye bought a primary school bus run in the Hunter valley and lived there for a few years before Mickey's failing eyesight needed a change of plan.
Moving to Cootamundra to be close to old friends, Kaye and Micky first started a Nepalese curry restaurant in their house in Cootamundra.
Open three nights a week for 16 people, it became successful quickly and was booked for three months in advance.
Wishing to have a slightly quieter life, Kaye and Micky moved to Wallendbeen in 1985.
Not content with mowing the grass, they started the Yandilla Mustard Oil business as a world first in the production of cold pressed erucic acid free mustard oil.
The oil has received many awards with a bronze at the New York Fine Food Fair being the pinnacle.
Kaye was a much-loved individual who found it impossible to raise her voice though you were never left in any doubt about her thoughts.
She contributed to many charities and was a member of the Red Cross and CWA."
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.