Intimate farewell for Marie
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MARIE van Beers’ eldest sister Betty left the service first.
Tears slid down her cheeks, her hands clutching her walking frame. She paused in the aisle as family members consoled her.
She walked on, those beside her brushing away their own tears as they helped her outside.
The intimate funeral service farewelled mother, sister, grandmother and aunt Marie Bernadetta van Beers of Tweed Heads, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-partner Paul Ryan on November 12. Bon Jovi's Never Say
Goodbye and It’s My Life brought smiles to faces during the 63-year-old’s funeral service – even laughter as they
remembered how much she loved the charismatic singer Jon Bon Jovi. But the closing song, In the Arms of an
Angel by Sarah Mclachlan, overwhelmed them all.
At the front of the funeral parlour, Marie van Beers’ two adult sons, Chris and Michael, clutched those closest. Both were inconsolable. Grief wracked their bodies as they placed flowers on her casket, turning back to family for comfort.
Marie’s sister, Moya Reid, greeted and thanked close to 40 people for coming to the funeral service, held at Tweed Heads Memorial Gardens and Crematorium on Wednesday.
True to Marie’s nature, the sombre mood of the funeral was punctuated by laughter. Like when they watched a slide show of pictures or when they were told how she tried to run away from home as a young child to hide under the house with an apple, a singlet and a pair of undies. When her mother told her there were spiders there, she changed her runaway spot to the chook shed.
Marie was remembered as bright, bubbly and having a great sense of humour.
“She loved walking along the beach and headlands, wherever she could,” a family member said.
“It made her happy and she found it peaceful … (Chris and Michael) were her reason for living. The family moved to the Gold Coast to enjoy the lifestyle they couldn’t in Sydney. The boys and Marie loved to fish and were members of the local fishing club.”
After the service, Chris said they had lost a “perfect” and “beautiful” person.
“There’s only one of her,” he said. “She was so peaceful, such an angel.”
REMEMBERING MARIE : Some of Marie van Beers’ family, including son Chris van Beers sitting next to Moya Reid, Marie’s sister, and Ms Reid’s daughter, Martina Reid at far left at back.
‘SUCH AN ANGEL’: Family and friends gathered to remember Marie Van Beers who was allegedly murdered in her Tweed Heads unit.