Remembering a fine lady - Ann Frame
Earlier this week the funeral of Ann Frame took place at the Baptist Church in West Orange. Ann was a well-known member of the Orange and particularly the Bathurst community.
Ann began working with Corrective Services NSW in 1999 and served as a Correctional Officer within the Bathurst Correctional Centre until she was medically retired in 2016, at the rank of First-Class Correctional Officer.
Shortly after her retirement, Ann was diagnosed with a brain tumour, then diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis before being placed into the Calare Nursing Home.
In 2017 she was presented with an Honour Board and for her 18 years of contribution, as a highly valued employee of Bathurst Correctional Facility.
Ann was… very loyal and honest…. a caring person, she could always see
the good in somebody and…was extremely honest
CSNSW staff (Ann’s friends from the jail) formed a guard of honour outside of the church. At the beginning of the service the Honour Guard entered the church to dress the coffin with the Australian Flag, CSNSW hat and medals.
Dedicated to her job, firm, and fair is how Functional Manager of Bathurst Correctional Facility, Kendal Stait described Ann Frame. “Ann was well respected, very loyal and honest, she was a caring person, she could always see the good in somebody and she was extremely honest, she certainly wasn’t afraid to give her opinion,” he laughed.
I met Anne before I started in the job, we were both applying to be Correctional Officers in 1999, I showed up at the jail to have my interview and I showed up early, when they directed me into the waiting room, Ann Frame was in there. She told me she was going for a job interview as well, I was only a young fellow and I was nervous as, I was about half an hour early, she sat there and she talked my ear off for 30 minutes, I couldn’t tell you what we talked about. The next minute an Officer came to the door and told me I was up for my interview, she said, “there you go, are you nervous now?”
Six months later I started at Bathurst Jail, I walked in and saw Ann, we had a bit of a laugh and she was having a bit of a giggle as to how nervous I was.”
With the amount of people who attended her funeral, it was instantly evident how many lives she touched, whether it be within the community or within the Correctional Facility. Ann too, would have been touched by the way her family and friends did her proud on this day.