Reserve in honour of humanitarian

Not forgotten: Stephen Sewell is happy to have a reserve in the street where he and his late wife Marlene lived for 41 years named in her memory. The couple had three children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Picture: Gary Warrick

Not forgotten: Stephen Sewell is happy to have a reserve in the street where he and his late wife Marlene lived for 41 years named in her memory. The couple had three children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandson. Picture: Gary Warrick

THE widower of a community stalwart thinks she would be "tickled pink" at the prospect of a reserve named after her.

A Blacktown Council report has recommended calling unnamed Reserve 375 in Cawarra Street, Eastern Creek, Marlene Sewell Park.

Marlene Sewell, 58, died from lung cancer in April at Mount Druitt Hospital, the place she'd raised more than $30,000 for.

She also raised thousands of dollars and volunteered for the Lupus Association of NSW, Youth off The Streets, Eastern Creek Public School and Sacred Heart Primary School.

She raised money through stalls and decorated her home at Christmas for the public to enjoy.

Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery and Health Minister Jillian Skinner paid tribute to her in State Parliament.

The proposal will be voted on tomorrow night and welcomed by Mrs Sewell's husband Stephen.

He has albums full of certificates from organisations acknowledging her fund-raising efforts.

"I would be thrilled to bits as it would be a fitting tribute to the work she did," Mr Sewell said.

"She was a person who loved to help everyone else and people loved to help her because she had an infectious nature."

Mrs Sewell campaigned for the council to improve Reserve 375 in 2006.

"She spent a lot of time with the grandchildren there," Mr Sewell said.

Councillor Edmond Atalla has known the family for 10 years and described Mrs Sewell as a silent champion of the community in his eulogy at her funeral.

He proposed naming the reserve in her memory after a suggestion by resident Peter Kerr.

He expects the report to be adopted tomorrow night and be on exhibition for public comment after that.

"This is a lady who served the community very well for many decades," Cr Atalla said.

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