Family grieves for mum killed in highway crash
KIRSTY Mae Mooney relished the chance to show off her cooking skills during the traditional Sunday roast with her family.
But the Cooran mother-of-two will not make it to the table this weekend.
Friends and family are rallying around Amelia Grace, 8, and Haydan Bobbi, 5, after their mum was tragically killed in a crash on the Bruce Hwy Friday night.
Kirsty was making the usual route home from her work at the Pacific Gympie car dealership when she was struck from behind by a truck and pushed into a tree.
The 27 year old (also known as Kirsty Field) who grew up on the Sunshine Coast, was a doting mother with a bubbly personality that made her popular at school, church and work.
Her nickname was "bubbles" but her special nickname from her mum Jacqueline Mooney, whom she was very close with, was snookums.
Kirsty was an only child and Jacqueline described her girl as the "love of her life".
"She just loved being a mum and loved her children," Jacqueline said.
"She loved to take the kids to the beach, do craft or just spend time with them, she was a hands-on mum.
"She loved when her daughter would come in the bed and cuddle into her back and her son would come and cuddle in the front and they would say 'we love you mummy'.
"Kirsty was just such an affectionate person, she would still come into my bed and cuddle and watch a movie, even at age 27."
Kirsty moved to the Sunshine Coast when she was in Year 7 and attended Sunshine Coast Christian Outreach College until Year 11.
Kirsty's boss Paul Reeman said the popular sales consultant's death would have a big effect on many people, as ripples spread also to her business family.
"She'd only been with us three months, but she was trying very hard and getting some good results for customers," Mr Reeman said.
Ms Mooney remembered one of the last times with her daughter as one that couldn't help but make her smile
"We were out shopping and she was skipping down the aisles," she said.
"She turned to me and said, 'Mum, you are the only person who can bring out this side of me'.
"She just had a bubbly personality and ... could still be a kid at heart."
Amelia and Haydan will live with their fathers as the family sorts through Kirsty's affairs
Kirsty is also survived by her partner Robbie Davies, Ms Mooney's partner Ken Massey, father David Mooney and extended family.
Family and friends from as far south as Melbourne and north to Rockhampton and overseas with will farewell her at a funeral on Thursday, July 10, at Noosa Christian Outreach Church at 2pm. The public is invited to attend.