SHE was a passionate hairdresser who wanted to travel the world.
Rebecca Ware, 23, has been remembered as a girl with a "bubbly" personality whose contagious smile made an impression on everyone she met.
Her unexpected death has left her family in a state of shock.
Rebecca died last Saturday from complications relating to leukemia, less than a week after she was diagnosed with the disease on Tuesday.
She had just returned home from a whirlwind tour of Canada.
Her sudden death has left its impact on the Mackay community, and seemingly endless tributes have been left on social media sites.
In a statement delivered by her older sister Kirsty Skaines, her family remembered Rebecca as a proud aunt of three nephews and one niece with an infectious energy.
"Anyone she met she made an impression on," the family said.
"Her smile was contagious and she touched everyone that came across her."
Rebecca undertook her apprenticeship at Gina.T Hair & Beauty in Mackay.
Her former boss Gina T Biggs said Rebecca was the type of worker it was impossible to be mad at.
"As a young apprentice there were often times she was called into the office (but) it was very hard to be cranky at someone who just made you feel so happy when you saw her face," she said.
"Rebecca loved our industry because she had a passion for making people feel special ... and that made it the perfect industry for her. The loss of Rebecca is a huge loss to our industry but for me mostly as a little friend.
"She's commonly known as everyone's little matey."
Rebecca was most recently employed at Mackay Day Spa. Part-owner Ian Stone said she would be deeply missed.
"The team at Mackay Day Spa are devastated by the loss of such a beautiful young woman and our sympathy goes to her partner, family and friends," Mr Stone said.
SHAVING FOR A CURE
IN MEMORY of his daughter, Stephen Ware will part with a personal item he's held on to for 35 years.
He's shaving his moustache.
Likewise, Rebecca's mother Pauline and sister Kirsty will shave their heads to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Her older brother Chris doesn't have much to shave, but said the Leukaemia Foundation had provided help following Rebecca's diagnosis.
"There's been support from the word go with the Leukaemia Foundation, as much as they could," he said.
While the date and venue are yet to be set, the family has been overwhelmed by friends also willing to shave for a cure. Once announced, where, when and how to donate will be published in the Daily Mercury.
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