HUNDREDS packed into the Central Church in Ipswich yesterday to celebrate the wonderful but too-short life of Narelle Dobinson.
Mrs Dobinson, 60, died on July 31, a week after the bike she was riding and a car collided at an intersection in Amberley.
Her funeral service symbolised the synthesis of family, business and cycling in Narelle Dobinson's life.
Growing up, her parents ran Taylor's Service Station where Bradfield Bridge is now.
She later worked at her brother Craig Taylor's Precision Engine Reconditioning at Yamanto.
Glen James, who knew her then before becoming a pastor, performed yesterday's service.
Son Brett said his mum was a true inspiration and a strong, devoted mother. Youngest son David said she was “my whole world”. “I'll never stop loving you,” David said tearfully.
Eldest son Troy who owns the Yellow Jersey bike shop in Ipswich thanked everyone for their support. But he saved his most emotional thanks for his mother.
“Everyone has someone who is a rock to them. Mum was like a boulder,” he said. “She was always pushing me to go higher and she always believed in me.
“I told mum when I was at school that I wanted to own a bike shop and when it happened she was so proud of that shop.”
He said his mother's enduring happiness in later life was her involvement with the Ipswich Bicycle Users Group.
Her brother Craig said she was “my sister and my best friend”.
“She threw herself into everything. That was instilled into her when she was growing up,” Mr Taylor said.
“But she was a humble person. She'd blush to see the fuss that was being made here.
“She'll never be missing from our hearts and we love you and we'll never forget you.”