ON June 7, about 30 people gathered at the Kyabram Fauna Park to remember Laura Petersen.
Laura passed away on May 29 and was cremated, with her ashes to be spread at the sea.
“Laura didn’t want a formal funeral because she said no-one would turn up, I hope she’s looking down to see everyone here today,” her brother David Baker said.
David said before she passed, Laura wrote about herself and requested no tears or sad farewells, saying she had an interesting life thanks to the love and support of the people who matter most.
It was far from boring: she backpacked around 10 different countries, abseiled and flew over the Antarctic — leaving not a great deal on the bucket list.
Moving to Kyabram to care for her mother who had fallen ill, Laura became involved in numerous groups around town including the Ambulance Auxiliary, community centre and the Fauna Park committee.
She even studied and completed her HSC at 69 years old; add to that her work knitting 200 poppies to be sent to England and Laura still maintained that she “hadn’t done much with her life and didn’t have the brains”.
One after the other, people got up to tell stories of how Laura was always organising the next trip to take everyone on, or even rallying numbers to take snails to the Fauna Park to help feed the reptiles.
“It’s because of Laura and the Ambulance Auxiliary that Kyabram has the new ambulance shed, we owe her a great deal of gratitude,” Carol Howell said.
“She was always taking on challenges head-on and regularly opened her home to hold events for locals.”