Memories kept Marilyn Wallman alive 43 years on

"A KISS and a smile then she vanished forever."

That's the inscription on Marilyn Joy Wallman's headstone.

Marilyn, just 14, gave her mother a kiss and her easy smile then cycled away from her family home, vanishing out of their lives.

But the bright, playful memories she left have kept her alive 43 years on, and treasured by her family and friends.

On Friday they buried Marilyn.

Finally identified and named this was the end to her long journey.

Laid to rest beneath the eucalypts at Mount Basset, a typical Mackay environment with its familiar bush smells and sounds, for all who know her, or who learned about the bubbly schoolgirl, it is a site where they pray she truly finds peace.

For those left behind, Marilyn's grave gives them solace.

Her marble headstone plays tribute to the vivacious girl, the daughter, fun-filled sister and school friend she always will be.

Like her hockey stick, which rested against her white coffin during the church service, her headstone and its carefully chosen words are a reminder of the carefree girl.

For amblers taking a casual walk among the graves at the garden cemetery, Marilyn's beaming smile on her headstone will have a welcoming familiarity.

Over the decades this was the image used in reports about her mysterious disappearance in 1972, from what then was the rural northern area of Mackay.

The inscription reads: "Dearly loved daughter and sister... a girl with a beautiful heart and a wonderful soul made such an impact during her 14 years with us and she will never be forgotten."



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