Friends, family pay tribute to Genelle

THE impact Genelle Mullins had on the Wagga community could be seen yesterday as more than 1500 people celebrated her memory at St Michael’s Cathedral.

Genelle died last Thursday in the intensive care unit of Wagga Base Hospital.

Before her death she made the wish that her last words were read at her funeral.

And in those words she talked about her adoration for her five children, her great experiences working in the city and her love for singing.

But she also explained that she suffered “great grief” following the death of her mother and found herself on a rollercoaster of sadness she was unable to get off.

Her final request was for everyone to party in her memory because “she loved to party”.

In a fitting tribute to an extremely talented woman who loved to perform, family and friends gave a standing ovation that lasted for minutes during the service.

During the eulogies, husband Geoff Crouch described the happiest seven years of his life with her.

“She had five magnificent kids that she was so, so proud of and she would shout it from the rooftops,” he said.

“The greatest gift I will ever have is the knowledge she truly and deeply loved me and I loved her.”

Involved in dozens of committees, charities and community initiatives, Genelle was known for her tireless efforts to make Wagga – and the world – a better place.

Long-time friend Christine Nielsen talked about her generous personality.

“She gave 110 per cent every single time, never for any personal reward, never to receive any thank-yous but to make a difference,” she said.

Daughter Emma, 26, also gave a touching account of her mother, who she said did everything to ensure her children were given an amazing life, full of opportunity.

“She was reliable, loving, selfless and wise,” she said.

The memorial service was one of the largest held in Wagga in recent years.

MISSED SO MUCH: More than 1500 people attended the memorial mass held for Genelle Mullins (inset) at St Michael’s Cathedral yesterday. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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