EULOGY: Love blossomed at an Ipswich dance in the 1980s

Hally and Doreen Herrmann enjoyed 32 beautiful years of marriage.
Hally and Doreen Herrmann enjoyed 32 beautiful years of marriage. Contributed

DOREEN Herrmann was born in the Roma hospital on the February 14, 1940; she was one of six children, with three older sisters and two younger brothers.

The family lived on Rocky Point farm near Yuleba until moving to Oakdale on to a 350- acre property 18 miles out of Yuleba.

Oakdale was a mixed farm, having a dairy herd and beef cattle.

The family sold Oakdale in 1949 and bought Highland View, a 400-acre mixed farm four miles out of Pittsworth, and this is where Doreen really got to love horses.

There she mustered beef and dairy cattle and would ride horses with her brother Kevin for two miles to Broxburn State School.

Doreen loved farm work and being the only girl in the family, she had to show the boys that she could do any task as good, if not better - whether it was driving the tractor or any other farm vehicles, milking cows or horse riding.

In 1955 her parents sold at Pittsworth and moved to Brisbane, buying a block of flats at Hamilton.

Doreen did not go to school in Brisbane; she was old enough to work and get a job at The Shingle Inn Cafe, where she met some life-long friends.

In about 1960 Doreen was introduced to an English motorcyclist named Robin Burns.

They hit it off and Doreen and Robin where soon married and had three children - Donna Maree, Clay Robert and Colin Peter.

Unfortunately by the late seventies their marriage had fallen apart. Doreen, being a country girl at heart, bought a small property at Mount Tarampa.

Over time Doreen's children each met and married locals. Doreen met Halwyn (Hally) Herrmann at a dance in Pelican Hall, Ipswich.

Hally had never seen Doreen before and when this nice-looking lady walked into the hall and took a seat, Hally went straight over and asked her for a dance.

Love blossomed even after Doreen discovered Hally already had six children: Trevor, Heather, Pam, Glenn, Jenny and Steven.

Doreen was working at a fruit shop in Lowood at this time and would quite often go over to the farm for tea with Hally and the kids.

The job at the fruit shop ended so Hally asked Doreen if she could help with house duties and farm chores as he was a sole parent and this would help him out and also give her some income. Doreen said to Hally one day: "This is the life I want."

By now Hally and Doreen had become quite close and were going to church regularly together. Doreen took religious instruction classes and was confirmed into the Zion Minden Church. Hally and Doreen were engaged in September and married on December 17, 1983.

Life as a married couple was very busy. With nine children between them and many farm jobs,

Hally loved to celebrate and as their birthdays were two days apart, Hally and Doreen shared many large parties together and also celebrated their milestone wedding anniversaries with all of their family and friends.

Doreen loved rodeos, shows, playing darts, playing cards, staying up late reading and cooking up big family meals which had to include butter, salt and cream.

If anyone needed a lift anywhere, they'd call Doreen and she would be their taxi driver, but in doing this, you needed to hold on. Doreen also played nurse to Hally after his many operations over the years.

Hally and Doreen lived happily married for 32 years and never went without a kiss goodnight.

Doreen is survived by her husband Hally, her nine children and their partners, her brother Kevin Wain and her 23 grandchildren.

Topics:  ipswich pittsworth

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