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Community says goodbye to devoted kindy teacher

Sue La Burniy died on Saturday after battling stomach cancer.
Sue La Burniy died on Saturday after battling stomach cancer.

SUE La Burniy had a heart of gold and she will be remembered for her devotion to the children at Birralee Kindergarten.

She died on Saturday from stomach cancer; a battle she had been fighting for 20 months.

She leaves behind four children and husband Mick, who say they will deeply miss the woman who could light up a room.

"Mum was one of a kind," daughter Mia La Burniy said.

"She drew a lot of people to her with her infectious energy.

"She lived life to the fullest and she loved every minute of it."

She was 50 and passed away, surrounded by her family in Brisbane.

Mrs La Burniy was born on August 31, 1964 in Gladstone.

She was the seventh of eight children and attended primary school at Ubobo.

She attended Chanel College and St Ursula's in Yeppoon before graduating from Kelvin Grove Teachers' College where she majored in early childhood education.

Mrs La Burniy married husband Mick in 1984 and they had four children - Mia, Blake, Karissa and Nikita.

She was heavily involved in the Gladstone community, particularly at her beloved kindy.

"Mum was a teacher and director of Birralee Kindergarten on and off for around 30 years," daughter Mia said.

"She loved her job and lived every day for her kids. She even taught two generations of students."

She was also a lifetime supporter of Valley's Netball, life member of Wallaby's Junior Rugby League, and a founding member of Port Curtis Touch.

But most of all, Mrs La Burniy was a bit of fun.

"She was always keen for a cocktail or two and a dress-up party," Mia said.

"There was always singing and dancing. She had no shame!"

A funeral service will be held on Friday at the Boyne Tannum Crematorium from 10am.

Topics:  cancer, gladstone, kindergarten, obituary




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