Arrowsmith/Bluett, Ethel Eileen

Ethel Eileen Arrowsmith/Bluett

4th August 1926 ~ 5th December 2021

 Sadly passed away peacefully 5/12/21 surrounded by her loved ones aged 95.

Forever loved and remembered as mum, nan and grandnan by her 15 children, 34 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

Family and Friends are invited to the Funeral Mass of Ethel

at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 19 Forest Road, Ferntree Gully

on Thursday December 16th, 2021, commencing at 11:30am.

Viewing will be held prior to the Mass at 10:30am.

Please note: You must be fully vaccinated to attend this service and masks must be worn.

To watch the livestreaming of Ethel’s Mass, please visit

In lieu of flowers donations to Dementia Australia would be appreciated.

Envelopes will be available at the Church or you can donate online by visiting

20 Tributes

  1. Mark & Lauren Bluett
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    This amazing lady has taken her leave. And what remains is a legacy of love and kindness that anyone would be proud of. She knew and cared for many people and everyone was welcome to be part of her already immensely sized family. Her raspy voice was as memorable as her beautiful smile. We will always treasure our last song and dance and those last I love you’s will remain in our hearts forever. An incredible spirit to the very end. Your story was long and full of laughter, love and strength (Nicely blended with a good drink or two) Your long awaited reconciliation with Kenneth would have been a sight to see and now you can both watch over and be proud of all you have left behind x Always remembered and loved, Mark, Lauren, Adam, Ella and Grayson x

  2. Marie-Anne Duthil
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    Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, Unheard but always near.
    So loved, so missed, so very dear.

    Our deepest sympathy to all the Bluett family. Thinking of all of you during these difficult and sad times. Ethel was a very special and strong person. RIP

    The Duthil family

  3. Ivanka Sapina
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    Deepest sympathy to the Bluett family ♥️♥️♥️
    A life well lived by a gorgeous woman, loved by so many.
    I will always remember Ethel’s deep raspy voice and her wicked sense of humor.
    RIP Ethel ♥️🙏🏻💐

  4. Karen Webb (Peacock)
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    Mrs Bluett you leave me with some great childhood (teenage) memories. No matter who your kids bought home you made us all feel part of your family. Rest easy now beautiful lady.

  5. Sue Teofilo
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    Mum my heart is broken. I love you more than words can say. Rest peacefully. Now reunited with dad James & Therese and so many more family and longtime friends xoxo

  6. Helen Bluett
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    Mum you have had a wonderful life!
    Love you
    Miss you.
    Rest In peace you are now with your God xx

  7. Dianne Rickard
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    Ethel you leave a legacy not only because of your amazing family…for me it was talking to you outside at netball you were always interested in how myself and the girls were….your sage advice was never taken for granted I am so glad I listened…I am so sorry that dementia robbed you of your final years with your family…to me you will always be an amazing women …..Rest In Peace

  8. Eric and Avril Frederiks
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    Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Bluett family.
    Thinking of you all during this sad time.
    With love
    Eric and Avril Frederiks

  9. Carol (McNeill) Leathem
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    Mrs Bluett so many childhood memories at Glenfern the house was always a hive of activity, you opened your arms and your home to everyone.
    Thank you .
    You will be sadly missed xxx

  10. Denise
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    Mum it is with great sadness that we saw you go but you are now with your god and loved ones that you lost from this earthly plain
    We have so many happy memories of all the fun we had at parties laughing and dancing until the early hours and so many more of just being at home surrounded by your love
    Rest In Peace and enjoy your heavenly plain xoxo

  11. Nigel Squires
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    Love to all.

  12. Brenda Van Keulen
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    Beautiful service for a remarkable woman.
    Rest In Peace Ethel

  13. Carol Charles
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    Sending our condolences to the whole family. So sorry we could not be there in person.
    A beautiful service for a special lady.
    Carol & Rob Charles

  14. Brooke Finlayson
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    A beautiful tribute to a lovely lady. Netball memories are not the same without Dear Ethel. A true pillar in the community and a lot of fun!
    Sending condolences and hugs to all the Bluett family from Chicago.
    Love Brooke, Paul, Keira and Zoe

  15. Debbie
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    Congratulations on a beautiful ceremony, you had me laughing and there was a tear or two, what a lucky family you are to be brought up on laughter and love. Cheers to you all. Debbie Weisgerber and all the Bertalli Family, we fondly remember Ethel throughout our netball days.

  16. Rayelene Culhane
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    Can’t help but imagine Mrs B and Aunty Gloria in heaven organising a get together of all who have passed. Imagine the laughs and stories. XXX

  17. Kylie Orr
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    Ethel was a wonderful woman who always wore a smile whenever I saw her.

    What a legacy she left with her large, generous, exuberant, close-knit family.

    Much love to you all.

    The Orr Family.

  18. Joan Perkins (Hilton)
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    Condolences from Joan Perkins (was Hilton) worked with Ethel at Dr. Bradkte’s surgeries in the 1970’s, fun loving lady to work with and always ready to help.

  19. Sally Raru (Goodwin)
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    To the Bluett Family !!!
    Your Mum was one in a million!
    I always remember her down at the Upwey netball courts in her uniform, red lipstick, smoke in one hand helping us with our Netball training !
    Mum always seemed so lay backed and chilled and took everything in her stride ! The amount of years of dedication your Mum gave to the Netball Association was in it self truly amazing and you all should be so very proud of her.
    And that’s on top of bringing up a huge family mostly on her own with the sad passing of your Dad , Dr Bluett who l remember with fond memories.
    Your Mum lived a full life and leaves a life time of wonderful memories for you all ! RIP Mrs Bluett

  20. Jennifer Jois
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    Mum, it was so hard for us all to let you go and you were courageous as always putting our feelings first. Such a strong, independent women ahead of your time and an incredibly example to all of us. Rest in peace, knowing you have truly made a permanent memory in our hearts and minds where you will continue to live in our fondest of memories.

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