Rummeny family members farewell their matriarch at the Uniting Church yesterday.
Rummeny family members farewell their matriarch at the Uniting Church yesterday.

Kyms gentle spirit her true legacy

SHE was a woman with a heart big enough to love everyone she met, the glue that held the Rummeny family together and a soul laid to rest yesterday.

A warmly lit Uniting Church gave hundreds of friends and family of Kym Rummeny the chance to reflect on how their lives were changed after meeting the 55-year-old.

To the tune of Dave Dobbyn's Slice of Heaven, mourners were welcomed to the service at 10am yesterday before Reverend Suzy Sitton began the formalities.

"Thank you for knowing Kym and being part of her life," Rev Sitton said.

A sombre rendition of Amazing Grace reverberated in the packed church before family friend Gary Candish took an emotional stance at the lectern.

"Kym loved us all," Mr Candish said.

"She had many close friends in Bowen."

It was her gentle and loving spirit that attracted people to her, he said.

There were nods of agreement when he said everyone would have their own fond memories of their time with Kym. But one story stuck in his mind.

"When Kym and her clan came to Bowen to visit a few years ago for the fishing classic Kym was pulled over by the police," Mr Candish said.

"She had six kids in the van and when questioned about the need for child seat belts for youngest grandson Lawson, Kym tried to disguise his age.

"But Lawson innocently said, but grandmum, I'm only six!"

That's what you get for raising honest grandchildren, Mr Candish said to loud laughter from the crowd.

Kym is survived by her doting husband, Harold, who enjoyed 35 years of marriage with his beloved, and four children - Nathan, Nicole, John and Shaun.

The great passion in Kym's life was family, Rev Sitton said, and her seven grandchildren and two unborn grandchildren would forever be told stories to keep grandma's memory alive.

Kym was tragically killed in a car crash 8km west of Duaringa last Wednesday.

To Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender, friends and family laid rose petals on her coffin before commemorating the woman she was at the Capricornian.


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