Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park, South Chapel12 Military Rd, Matraville
Friday, April 22 2022 at 2:00 pm
/ April 21 2022
My dearest Aunty,
You were one of the first people I met in this world and I was in despair when I heard the news. Not because you had passed but because I will never have that chance to see you, or speak to you ever again, and I will miss you. Lynne, you are a loved soul that will continue to exist even after death.
So I live you with this poem which I feel speaks for my heart:
"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die".
By Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004).
Love from, Laura.
/ April 21 2022
To my dearly beloved little sister, Lynnie,
It is with the heaviest of hearts, that I must say farewell to you. It is far too early for you to have left this world at only 61 years old...Life is just so unfair at times. My thoughts are with Ian, who, I know, you adored and devoted your life to raising him, and you were both fortunate to have Mum and Leslie with you on that journey. I remember seeing your face, when you told me, sitting in the lounge room at Paddo. You just lit-up with joy and love, knowing you had a little boy on his way into this world. From that moment on, you were besotted, and, from the moment he came into your world, you were the most devoted Mother, a child could have wished for.
I too, was so fortunate, to have you in my life, for so many earlier years, as we grew up together. Going on family picnics, our holiday in the car...to the Gold Coast and back, in the heat of summer, thinking we were never going to get there. To every Christmas, getting dressed-up, in the same dresses to go to the City for our Christmas Photos, followed by the traditional lunch at the Woolies Cafeteria, having the same 'fish n chips' lunch with a chocolate milk and then the annual Christmas picnic at Nielsen Park for our Grandfather's staff work party. To the endless days of playing in the backyard, will all of our toys, you especially liked the 'cowboys & indians' game, wearing our outfits, me being the cowgirl and you the indian girl, with our own tent and tepee, Or playing with our dolls, and you throwing out all your dolls, to go and catch the many stray cats in the yard to put in your pram, only to be scratched all over your arms. And the hours you would sit and talk to the ants, trying to catch them...your friends, as you called them, and getting upset with me, if I stood on them. So I bought you an Ant Farm, so you could always have your ants to talk and play with.
Later on, I love spending our holidays at the beach, swimming all day, going to the carnival, the Easter show, dressing-up our dogs, in women's clothes and wigs, in the backyard at Paddo, with even mum, getting in on the act. It was the simplest of times, that are the most memorable times, in our lives, which, I miss so terribly.
The years apart, with me living in Adelaide and later Perth... families...certainly can be challenging, I so regret those lost years and so wish I could change things and give you the biggest hugs and reminisce around the kitchen table, like we used to do at Paddo...
Lynnie, my heart is broken and a piece of it, has gone with you. I know that, you are now being looked after by mum, June, our father, Reg, our step-father, Leslie, our mad, crazy Auntie Flossie, all of our grandparents, and many others, so I take comfort, in thinking that you are not alone, and your are being loved and cared for. It is us, who have to go on here, without you in our lives and the pain is overwhelming at the moment.
I think of you always, when I look at the special little gifts you gave me, that sit on my desk, my bedside table, my dressing table, my bookshelf with all the family photos, they have always been with them, where ever I have travelled, you were never out of my thoughts all these years.
My memories of you, your kindness, your thoughtfulness, your gentleness, your caring sensitive tender nature, a willingness to always help others. Your sweet smile, that could light-up a room, is how I will remember you.
A quote from a little book you gave me, filled with many quotes, pray's and poems: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller.
My dear, sweet sis., Lynnie, you will always and forever be, 'felt in my heart'. I love you so very much.
Rest now in Eternal Peace, by sweet Lynnie. loving you always, your Tattie xxoo.
/ April 21 2022
I am so sorry for your the lost of your beautiful , kind, caring and loving Mother, Lynnie.
Words are inadequate to express my feelings. Life seems to have lost its meaning.
Lynnie loved you so much, from the very moment, she knew you were 'in her belly', and everyday, every moment after you arrived, she was so besotted by you and devoted to you throughout both of your lives together.
Her spirit will still be with you, she will go on sharing with you, although on a higher plane now.
In your days of sadness, when all is dark, try to focus your mind on the 'perfect days' you had, the good fortune and blessing to share with your Mother. Remember, the joy she gave you and how you laugh together and felt so happy.
Remember those perfect days, as treasures, that you can carry with you forever. Honour, Lynnie's memory by remembering those treasured days, wonderful times and moments, that she gave you, as a gift, that you can hold onto forever; and no one can ever take from you. Lynnie, loved you so very much and will always will. Now Lynnie will be reunited with Nanny, and Poppy, all of your guardian Angels, watching over you.
With my deepest of Sympathies and I am truly devastated for your great lost, Ian, I know you were each others worlds.
I am also, so sorry and devastated, that I, can not travel from Perth to be there for you, but will be watching from afar with your cousins, Emily and Laura. Love from your Auntie Karen
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