JULIANNE Dunkinson will dance for eternity.

She will be there, as she always was, back row, on the left, wearing her trademark white boots and smiling.

Background: From gifted child to wonderful woman - remembering Julianne

That's how the 37-year-old mother, with a love for music and dance will be remembered. And always smiling.

It was standing room only at Gregson and Weight Funerals at Noosa yesterday as hundreds said their farewells to Julianne, who succumbed to meningococcal disease last Sunday.

It was clear the long-time Pomona local had touched many people throughout her life, as mourners squeezed into the chapel.

Mrs Dunkinson was the first person to die from the deadly disease in Queensland.

She became sick just two days before her death.

"She was so many things to all of us. We danced on Thursday night and we're so grateful we had that last dance with her."

Her cousin, Colleen Gishenan, yesterday read a eulogy on behalf of the family, sharing how Julianne was born and raised in Pomona, the youngest of three children to Norm and Pat Young.

Tales were told of bike riding with her little dog in the front basket, camping and fishing with her family and stealthy trips to pick berries from the mulberry bushes.

Background: Meningococcal mum's last dance was to "Goodbye"

But it was music that was a common theme during the service.

"Grandma Young was Julianne's biggest fan, especially when she started playing the organ at age eight," Colleen said.

"One time while performing Chariots of Fire, she impressed the judges with her fast footwork on the pedals and they asked for an encore performance. They called her twinkle toes."

Mrs Dunkinson's love of music transcended into adulthood when she discovered a passion for line dancing five years ago.

She spent her last class dancing with the Steppin' In Line group until the very end, less than 24 hours before she fell ill.

"She was our backline girl, she was right behind me, she made sure I went in the right direction," dancer member Judy Painter said.

"If I didn't, she'd giggle, and if she didn't, she'd giggle even louder.

"She was so many things to all of us. We danced on Thursday night and we're so grateful we had that last dance with her."

Mrs Dunkinson is survived by her mum and dad, Pat and Norm, brothers John and Ken and their families and sons Matthew and Bailey.

The funeral cortege made its way past the Noosa Council chambers, where staff formed a guard of honour.


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