Marilyn Wallman farewelled 43 years after she went missing
MARILYN Wallman was farewelled among a sea of yellow flowers by friends and family wearing yellow. It was her favourite colour.
The service was all about the charismatic, vibrant and capable girl, a fun-filled personality full of life and vitality, instilled with competitiveness, who made a big impact on all who knew her: family, school mates and neighbours.
The 14-year-old schoolgirl's hockey stick rested against her white coffin, as though Marilyn had played the game only yesterday.
It was an emotional yet bright service held at St Ambrose Anglican Church, led by siblings Rex, Lenore and David as a celebration of her too-short life.
As ceiling fans whirred fruitlessly at the heat of the day, mourners crowded both the church and the marquee erected on the lawn.
Unlike Marilyn, forever a beautiful girl, the faces were older, hair greyer and included people who had known the family before and since the tragic event that changed all of their lives in March 1972.
Church readings were broken by hymns and the fun memories and anecdotes that were all about the mischievous and bubbly Marilyn.
Marilyn lived again through the warmth of the recollections from her family and those of her former classmates who spoke.
Cooking and sewing, or out on the sports field, Marilyn is forever a child of the 1960s and early 1970s as music she loved was played and anecdotes such as her first eyebrow plucking moment.
A green crockery jug she won as a prize in a tennis match is still used by her mother Daphne.
"Marilyn enjoyed her sports trips away but was always glad to come home," Rex said.
"She would relay the good and bad things, and how much she missed us.
"She loved singing songs and reading poems. We would all be singing in the car. She was an angel brought to us. Unfortunately only for 14 years. We are blessed to have those happy memories.
"It is impossible to put into words the love she gave us.
"We know Marilyn is still with us every day watching over us, steering us in the right direction."
Rex said although the family was laying its daughter and sister to rest, the search will go on "to find answers to that tragic day".
To the sounds of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Marilyn's coffin was carried out of the church followed by her grieving, but finally at peace, mother and father.