Remembering Katie’s ‘crazy rollercoaster ride’ life
KATIE Bain (nee Lowe) has been remembered as a warm, vibrant young woman who remained committed to helping others even in the darkest days of her illness.
The 27-year-old's funeral on Thursday saw more than 600 mourners overflow out of the All Saints Anglican Church at Murwillumbah.
Many donned vivid clothes including rainbow dyed shirts, at Katie's family's request.
The former events organiser died on May 19 after being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in the middle of last year just months after marrying her high school sweet heart Simon Bain.
She helped campaign for cancer awareness and established a support group, the Better Together Foundation, for cancer sufferers over 25.
She wrote a personal account in the Tweed Daily News of her shock diagnosis with a disease that normally strikes down older people urging readers not to take their health for granted.
Her father Allan Lowe spoke briefly sharing a mystical experience that occurred in the sky above the family home at Uki the night his daughter died, something he'd never seen in all the previous years he'd lived there.
Allan said it was as though the heavens were signifying the release of his daughter's spirit.
"I want you to talk about Katie because it keeps her spirit alive and Di (her mother) and I really want that," he told mourners.
Murwillumbah High School friend Samantha Huxley told those gathered that Katie made an impact like few others.
"It didn't matter who you were she made everyone feel special," she said.
"She was always thinking about others and how she could help them."
She also paid tribute to the great love story between Katie and Simon who met at Murwillumbah High.
"I've never witnessed a love like Katie's and Simon's," she said.
"They were truly soul mates.
"Even before she was diagnosed, she referred to Simon as her rock."
Samantha said Katie remained positive throughout her illness, bouncing back even after setbacks.
"Katie hated the word 'inspirational'," she said.
"What she didn't see was that to so many people she was (inspirational)."
A slide presentation of Katie's life was displayed accompanied by a pop music soundtrack.
Katie is survived by her husband Simon Bain, parents Allan and Dianna and younger brother Max.
"Life is a crazy rollercoaster," Katie wrote in her Tweed Daily News column.
"You can either be scared of the ride or you can embrace it and scream, cry, yell and laugh through all the ups, downs and loops."