Memorial service planned for Airds mum who lost cancer battle

Paula Dennis with her two youngest children. Picture: GoFundMe
Paula Dennis with her two youngest children. Picture: GoFundMe

Community members wishing to farewell Airds mum of five Paula Dennis can do so at a memorial service next Friday.

Ms Dennis lost her tortuous battle with breast cancer on Monday.

Her brother David is now looking after the children.

Mr Dennis said his sister did not want a casket at her funeral.

“Paula wanted to be cremated and didn’t want to have a typical casket funeral,” he said.

“So we’re having a memorial service instead, with her ashes.”

Mr Dennis said many family members and friends from out of state had already indicated they would be travelling to the area to pay their respects.

The service will be held at Leppington’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, September 14.

The service will be held from 1.30pm at the South Chapel.

Mr Dennis said he and the family had been gobsmacked by the level of community support they had received since Paula’s passing.

“We’ve been really flabbergasted,” he said.

“All of the teachers at John Warby Preschool, where the youngest kids attend, are coming to the funeral, which is not something we expected.

“There has been so much support our there and we’re very grateful.”

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren read about the Dennis family’s plight in the Advertiser this week and wanted to help out as well.

He reached out to the Department of Housing to ensure the family would be able to stay in their social housing property at Airds.

“They’re in such tragic circumstances right now and I just wanted to do whatever I could to help, like I would with anyone in my community,” he said.

“I made the appropriate representations to the Department and we’ve always had a good relationship.

“It is my job to help out however I can, and I will always do my best to achieve that.”

Mr Dennis met with the Department staff this morning. After the appropriate paperwork is filled out, the family will have a guaranteed six months to stay at their home.

They are still looking for somewhere bigger, and with more bathrooms, to live in the near future.