I moved into town, and I needed something to fulfill my life. I went for a walk down the main street, and that's when I saw a poster in the Lifeline Opp Shop for more volunteers. I went in and asked about how I could be a volunteer and that is the day I met Noelene; she was the co-ordinator after I enrolled as a volunteer.
We talked and I looked forward to being a volunteer. There was something about her I admired. I couldn't wait to go and be a volunteer!
Well, four years down the track, Cec asked me to marry him so when I agreed, Noelene offered to help out. It was like she was the Mother of the Bride. She sort of became my proxy, as by then my Mum had passed over.
I picked a wedding dress at the Opp Shop. Noelene did her magic and made the dress fit - she made me feel like a princess! a million dollars!
On the day of my wedding, she invited all my family and friends to lunch - it was very special.
Along the way I had decided to do a course to become an Integration Aide - Noelene always wanted to know how it was going so when I graduated, I made sure she was invited as she had been my back-stop.
Cec died on the 10th April 2012. Noelene gave me her love and was there once again.
The next year I found a new friend, Graham, but in 2015 he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He had it removed on the 9th July 2015.
After quarter of an hour, the phone rang. Noelene went to talk on the phone in her bedroom. I heard an almighty crash and found that Noelene had had a massive stroke. I held her in my arms on my lap until the ambos came. They put her on life-support. I went to see her the next day, and with all the tubes she didn't look the same - no hair done, no make-up, looking like a grand lady she was and always will be in my heart and mind.
After Noelene went to a better place, I had a bluebird tattoo and it says "Noelene forever". She will always be in my heart. I think of her every day - her love, kindness and the love of her garden. When I go past, I imagine her in the garden she had - it looked lovely.
Miss you lovely special lady