Bangalow funeral on Monday for female victim of the Asian tsunami


SUSIE OLIVER should have returned to work as an environmental scientist this week, but the Asian tsunami cut her bright life short.

Having gone through the harrowing ordeal of not knowing if she had survived, going to Thailand to try and find her and finally being informed that her body had been discovered, Susie's family will lay her to rest on Monday.

They have asked for the media to respect their privacy in their time of grief, but friends and family are welcome to attend her funeral in the All Souls Anglican Church, Bangalow, at 10am.

The family has asked that donations be made to the Care Australia Tsunami Appeal, rather than flowers being sent.

While Susie, 30, lived and worked in Rockhampton, she was formerly from Binna Burra and has family still living locally.

Susie was holidaying on Phi Phi Island, Thailand, when the tsunami struck with such deadly force on December 26.

Latest official estimates put the number of dead at more than 220,100 roughly equal to every man, woman and child living on the Northern Rivers from Grafton to the Queens- land border.

Friends said Susie had been looking forward to her holiday in Cambodia and Thailand following a ninemonth stint as a volunteer Australian Youth Ambassador in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Susie was able to combine her environmental engineering skills with her passion for the environment while she was in Hanoi, where she conducted research on managing coastal zones.

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