Faith
Faith Contributed

Celebrating the life of Faith Pantalleresco, 1954-2013

SHE was just 58 when she was sadly taken from life, but Faith Pantalleresco of Kingscliff was beautiful, energetic and proved the adage that a life half-lived is not a life at all.

The tiny, premature baby grew up to show the world how to fight for life, win and then keep on living an amazing, incredibly loving life that touched the hearts of thousands during its course.

"Vivacious, engaging and larger than life, mum did everything at breakneck speed and was almost incapable of slowing down," her youngest daughter Andrea said.

"She built her life on heart and was fearless in sharing it.

"She could be standing in a queue waiting at the bank and not only get the cheques in, but walk out with two new friends.

The tiny, premature baby grew up to show the world how to fight for life, win and then keep on living an amazing, incredibly loving life that touched the hearts of thousands during its course.

Like her name, Faith loved and trusted everyone.

Her three daughters were "the jew- els in her crown," and she saw them as a ruby, a sapphire and an opal.

Josephine, Andrea and Soraya are still reeling from their loss, but it hasn't hindered them from singing their mother's praise.

Faith won the battle against breast cancer, but a lung infection finally stole her from her family.

At her funeral on Wednesday a profusion of flowers decked the coffin, as about 20 of the friends she cared for at St Martha's aged-care facility at Banora Point placed white roses.

Josephine placed a sunflower, the flower that best reflects how she saw her mum... bright, colourful and happy.

Andrea chose daises and Soraya, a lily.

"I love you forever and one more day," was one of Faith's favourite quips.

"That's how she was," Josephine said.

"Full of love and then some more."

"She loved people and people loved her," Andrea said in her final goodbye at the funeral.

"It wasn't until becoming a mother myself that I truly saw all the hard work mum put in to shaping who my sisters and I are today.

"Our mum's deep love for family and what it meant to be a part of one, kept us together."

As a grandmother, there was no mess too big, and no limit to her imagination, according to Andrea.

" From magic carpet rides to far away lands, to finger painting on a table covered with flour, there was always some toy or nick-nack stashed away just waiting for a visit from any of the grandkids"

Faith was born prematurely at 26 weeks at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Melbourne in 1954.

In 2001, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but won the fight.

The Cancer Foundation and The National Breast Cancer Foundation were close to her heart. She supported the causes through pink ribbon purchases and donations.

Faith met Ian Wallace, a retired Murwillumbah High School PE teacher, and became his partner in 2003. She had found her soul mate. They lived in Ian's house in Kingscliff and were regulars at the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club.

It was at this time that she started training to be an assistant nurse in aged care, working most of her time at St Martha's in Banora Point, a role relished and performed with every ounce of her being.

"Her love of humanity, her positivity and 'soldier on' attitude are legacies she leaves for us," the family said.

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