Miss Meg: an angel called to Heaven
By ADRIAN MILLER
MEG Gould would have loved nothing more than to be a princess.
The eight-year-old Palmers Island resident was a beautiful little girl who enjoyed dress-ups and having tea parties, like most other girls her age.
But for the last three years the girl with the gorgeous smile was unable to live the life she deserved after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour on New Year's Eve 2002.
The Yamba community rallied around the Gould family when they first heard of Meg's diagnosis, and they rallied again when they were told of Meg's passing on Saturday, December 10.
More than 300 people attended Meg's funeral on December 14 and according to Meg's mum Sue, it was something her daughter would have been happy with.
"We tried to keep the funeral to something Meg would have liked," she said.
"A friend of ours did a powerpoint presentation with photos of Meg's life and her favourite music.
"She loved Disney videos and Barbie videos and all that sort of stuff so we had music from that, it was really nice."
Mrs Gould said her daughter had faced many challenges in the three years since she was first diagnosed, but she handled them all with grace and courage.
"She was very brave," Mrs Gould said.
"She had to go through a lot in her little life but she always smiled a lot and put up with it."
"She was always very determined and an amazingly strong kid."
Mrs Gould said Meg was a normal young girl who enjoyed living her life.
"She loved to be a little girl," she said.
"She loved to draw and colour-in, watch movies and she would have loved to have been a princess in a castle and be away in another world.
"She was an amazing girl who touched a lot of people."
Yamba resident Jon Riordan was one of those people.
He presented the family with Christmas gifts at the Variety Club's Christmas Bash over the weekend, something Meg was particularly looking forward to.
Included in the presents was a trip to the Gold Coast for Sue and Meg's father Warren, donated by Twin Towns, plus Christmas hampers and other assorted goodies for the family.
Mr Riordan said Meg captured the hearts of everyone she met.
"She was the prettiest, most intelligent, brightest little girl you could ever meet," he said.
"She was a special little girl to everyone."