St George woman Margaret Goodwin struck by lightning in Bowral dies in hospital

Remembered: Margaret Goodwin was struck by lightning during a storm in Bowral on Saturday. Picture: Rockdale Uniting Church.
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A Sydney woman who was struck bylightning while sitting on a park bench with her two sistershas died in hospital, five days after a series of severe thunderstorms thrashed parts of NSW.

Friends have remembered Margaret Goodwin, 61, as a dedicated member of the Rockdale Uniting Church, who “always thought of others’ needs before her own”.

Three women were struck by lightning in the NSW southern highlands during the second day of severe storms across the state on Saturday.

Mrs Goodwin, the wife of the church’s minister, the Reverend Martin Goodwin, died peacefully in Royal North Shore Hospital on Thursday morning, after her life support was switched off.

Her sisters, understood to be twins, survived the lightning strike.

Ms Goodwin and her sisters were in Corbett Gardens in Bowral, in the NSW Southern Highlands, about 3pm on Saturday when severe thunderstorms hit the area.

The sisterssought shelter from the storm under a large tree, on one of the park’s benches. It’s understood one of the sisters was holding an umbrella when lightning struck the women.

Police said a witness alerted police at Bowral police station, and an officer ran to the gardens and began performing CPR on Mrs Goodwin, who was the most seriously injured.

She was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

Mrs Goodwin’s sisters – aged 60, and from Mulgoa and Canberra – were treated at Concord Hospital and have since been released.

Rockdale Uniting Church confirmed in a statement that Mrs Goodwin had “passed away peacefully”.

“While we grieve the loss of Margaret, we also know that God was the love of Margaret’s life. She lived her life seeking to model her actions on her Saviour,” the church said.

“She acted with grace and love, and when provoked forgave.

“She always thought of others’ needs before her own.

“We give thanks to God for the precious time we have known her.”

One church member, Mark, wrote: “Words cannot express our sadness at the unexpected loss of Margaret. Such a wonderful lady who will be with us always in our hearts.”

Another member of the congregation, Dorothy, said: “Dear Margaret touched our lives in so many ways.

“She was a vital part of Rockdale congregation and it has been a privilege to know her. She will be sadly missed. Loving sympathy and prayers to Martin and family.”

Mrs Goodwin’s death comes two weeks after ayoung farmer was killed by a lightning strike in central western NSW while he was trying to protect his family’s livestock from several grassfires sparked by a storm.

Cameron Cox, 22, died on his family’s property in Moolarben, about 40 kilometres north-east of Mudgee, on February 7.

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