Community farewells Maree
ANYONE who met Maree Everingham became a friend.
Hundreds of friends were at Kingscliff on Thursday to say goodbye to Mrs Everingham at one of the largest funeral services the church had ever hosted.
Mrs Everingham died on Sunday after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in November.
St Anthony's Catholic Church at Kingscliff was packed with mourners struggling to listen to the service through doorways and windows.
Most already knew what was said in the eulogies because every mourner was an important part of her life, from the former students of Kingscliff's Mini School to Lions Club members.
Mrs Everingham's husband John said a lot of people were touched by her philanthropy but what they didn't know was the support she offered privately. "She cared and helped a lot of people who needed personal help," Mr Everingham said.
"She touched many people's hearts."
Mr Everingham said there was one moment during the service that epitomised her ability to befriend everyone she met.
"When we got married at Ballina 44 year ago, as we left the church some of our students at the time were outside," he said.
"Yesterday at least one of those students who were outside the church when we were married was also at the service to say goodbye."
Mrs Everingham was supervisor of Kingscliff's Mini School and retired in 2004 after 23 years at the school.
Even in retirement she worked tirelessly for community groups, including Kingscliff Lions Club and U3A.