Phyllis Priest, mostly known as Pat, helped children at Eaglehawk's St Liborius Catholic Primary School safely cross Eaglehawk Road for more than 35 years.
Friday would have marked her 89th birthday and although she is no longer be with us, Pat's family wants to pay tribute to one of the most remarkable people in their lives.
After 35 years as a lollipop lady, Pat hung up the stop sign after health issues emerged back in 2015.
Pat's granddaughter Melissa Fenwick said Pat loved every single part of the St Liborius community.
"She just loved being a lollipop lady and she loved the kids, loved the school and she just never wanted to give it up," she said.
"But at 83 sometimes your health needs to become a priority."
St Liborius Catholic Primary School principal Frank Dullard said she would be greatly missed.
"Phyllis was on the crossing for over two decades and she was there rain, hail or shine," she said.
"When it was raining, she had her beautiful raincoat and umbrella but always there no matter what conditions and always had a smile, she was just such a reliable person.
"She was a friend to all who used the crossing and there are many ex-students who are now parents at the school who remember her well when they were students here."
Pat died on May 20 after developing dementia 18 months ago.
Despite the dementia, Melissa said her nan would always reminisce about the lovely times of being a lollipop lady.
"She was always still talking about the school, the parents and the kids and she just really missed it lots when she stopped doing it," she said.
"It was a big part of her life.
"She was a really beautiful woman that a lot of people will miss dearly.
She was a friend to all who used the crossing and there are many ex-students who are now parents at the school who remember her wellFrank Dullard, St Liborius Catholic Primary School principal
"She always loved kids and she always loved to chat with people, she would talk to anyone."
Pat lived in Bendigo her whole life and previously worked at the Mercy Health Bethlehem Home where she cared for aged care residents.
Melissa said her nan would be greatly missed by many people in the community.
"She was very driven and was a single mum of three kids for a very long time," she said.
"In a time when there was no equality in the workplace especially for single mums trying to work and make a living... she just did a marvellous job, she had so much inspirational drive.
'She pushed through and gave everything to her job and to her kids and she was a really inspiring woman... and she will be greatly missed."
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