A beautiful life forever lost forever
By HELEN JACK
A BEAUTIFUL girl whose talent for caring for those around her is what made Elinor Fernie, or Ellie to her friends, so special.
"We are all proud to have loved her and be loved by her, especially her partner Aaron," said Ellie's mother Janet Fernie.
Ellie, 22, and her partner, Aaron Bailey, of Lismore, had spent Saturday evening with her parents at Meerschaum Vale.
She would visit home when-%ever she could find a cheap flight from Sydney where she was studying chiropractic at Macquarie University.
After dinner Ellie and Aaron jumped in the car at about 9.30pm to return to Lismore so Ellie could start her part-time job at The Standard bar in Lismore.
But 2km down the road a black dog wandered onto the road. Aaron was driving and swerved to miss the animal.
The car, a Nissan Pulsar sedan, left the road and careered down an embankment and into a tree with the passenger's side of the car, where Ellie was sitting, taking the full brunt of the impact.
Ellie was killed instantly.
Speaking from her Meerschaum Vale home yesterday, Mrs Fernie said the family, including Aaron, were distraught.
"It happened 2km down the road. Aaron rang and my husband, Gordon, and I drove down," Mrs Fernie said.
"One of the neighbours was there. I went down to the car and saw her and I knew she was gone.
"She was in her fifth year of a masters of chiropractic and was absolutely overjoyed to be getting to the end of her degree," said Mrs Fernie.
"She had a real talent for looking after people. "Ellie wanted a job as a chiropractor in Brisbane and was looking forward to earning money because she had been a student for so long."
Mrs Fernie said Ellie was focused and very organised. With long blonde hair, blue eyes and a fantastic smile, Ellie was known for her wicked sense of humour.