Robyn O’Hanlon.
Robyn O’Hanlon.

Readers farewell Robyn

ROBYN O’Hanlon became well known to readers of the News Mail as a prolific contributor of jokes for the Last Laugh section.

But the jokes stopped early on Sunday morning when Mrs O’Hanlon died at the age of 62 in Bundaberg Hospital.

Mrs O’Hanlon’s husband, Geoff, paid tribute to his wife of almost 20 years.

She was born on December 2, 1947, left school after sixth grade and went to help her grandparents on their farm at Tarban, in NSW, between Tenterfield and Wallangarra.

Later she moved to Brisbane and worked in various jobs, mainly as a machine operator in the clothing manufacturing industry.

After she married, she and her first husband moved to the gem fields and, and after having children, she began to make an extra income fossicking for sapphires.

After her marriage came to an end, she stayed on the gem fields and, after some years, married again.

When that marriage ended, she moved with two of her sons to Emerald to look for work, and it was while staying in a caravan park she met Mr O’Hanlon, who was living there too.

The couple later moved to Barcaldine, where Mr O’Hanlon took up a position as a postal manager.

Mrs O’Hanlon loved animals, and at one time in Barcaldine she had two cats, two dogs, a sheep and two kangaroos.

In 1989 the couple moved the Booyal to manage a service station for six weeks – but stayed for 20 years.

Mr O’Hanlon said his wife loved the small community of Booyal.

She was a member of the local hall committee and for some time was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Gin Gin.

Sewing and crochet were among her passions, and she was meticulous in her work.

She is survived by her husband, three sons, two stepdaughters and nine grandchildren.

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