Family and friends say goodbye to much-loved Melanie
UNITED in grief, family and friends have said their final goodbyes to Bundaberg midwife Melanie Robinson at a moving funeral for the 29-year-old.
The dedicated nurse was killed in a horrific head-on crash on the Bruce Hwy north of Howard in the early hours of February 4.
Touching the lives of so many in her role at the Bundaberg Hospital, the crowd at the Bundaberg Baptist Church on Thursday spilled out of the doors as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of a compassionate and much-loved woman.
Work-mates provided a guard of honour as the white casket covered in pink flowers was carried from the church, but not before Melanie's brothers Matthew and Adam Knott paid tribute to their little sister.
In the moving eulogy they spoke about the fun and cheeky girl who loved to dance and who grew into a caring midwife that helped so many mums and families here in Bundaberg.
"She would love to dance and attended concerts and eisteddfods and competitions in Bundaberg, Maryborough and Toowoomba and the National Dance Championship on the Gold Coast," Matthew said.
"The group she was in took out many titles, Australians titles, beating dance schools from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth."
Matthew said Melanie danced for 18 years until work and study commitments took over and Adam said his sister would always be remembered for her selfless attitude and tender-loving-care.
"Melanie's beaming smile... beautiful personality and constant affection for others gained the admiration of all her friends, work colleagues and family," Adam said.
Born at the same hospital in 1986 where she began her nursing career as a paediatric nurse in 2007, Melanie's death was felt by so many lives and in the days following the tragic crash many of the tributes on social media came from the patients she cared for.
Work colleague Linda Hackett also spoke at Thursday's funeral and described Melanie as an amazing person who had the ability to light up a room.
"Melanie was the ultimate professional whose passion and enthusiasm epitomises all that is midwifery," she said.
"Especially in the nursery Melanie embraced her love of babies. She became an inspirational neonatal nurse who was a fierce advocate for the babies in her care."
A daughter, granddaughter, wife, sister, aunty and friend, many imagine Mrs Robinson is now looking after the babies who - like herself - were taken too soon.