A memorial service was held for Brenda May Ross who died in flood waters in Grantham. Her sister Bess Fraser (front) spoke during the service.
A memorial service was held for Brenda May Ross who died in flood waters in Grantham. Her sister Bess Fraser (front) spoke during the service. David Nielsen

Grantham farewells mother and son

FAMILY and friends have farewelled a loving Grantham mother almost two months after she, her son and her partner were swept to their deaths in raging floodwater.

The close-knit community gathered yesterday to remember Brenda Ross, 56, at a memorial service held in her honour at Peace Lutheran Church, Gatton.

Brenda was with her son Joshua Ross, 25, and his stepfather Chris Face, 60, when a wall of water tore apart their home on January 10.

A celebration of Joshua’s life was held a month ago.

The search for Mr Face, one of three people still missing from the floods, continues.

Brenda was on the phone to her sister Bess Fraser moments before water ripped apart her family home.

Mrs Fraser told her sister how much she loved her just seconds before the line was lost.

“I said to her ‘I love you darling. I love you very much’,” Mrs Fraser said.

Ms Ross, better known by her family and friends as “Possum”, was yesterday described by her younger sister as a caring, quiet person who made the most of life.

“She often took care of me and our older brother Bobbi. She did everything for us,” Mrs Fraser said.

“Even though she was eight years older than me, and my half sister, she was my best friend.

“We love you Possum. You and Josh will be together forever.”

One of Brenda’s close cousins spoke of how she loved her family, home and her animals.

“If there is a happy outcome to come from all of this Grantham tragedy, it’s that Brenda, Joshie and Chris died together. They were one happy family,” she said.

“I’m glad Brenda died in a house that she loved. She had the most wonderful laughter in that house.”

A memorial to the family has been set up on a tree that stands outside where their home once stood – before water engulfed and tore apart the brick residence.

All that remains at the site is a few flowers, a family photo, and piles of bricks – remnants of their home.

Therese Webster, who conducted yesterday’s memorial service, said Brenda’s family could find peace knowing she was now together again with her son.

“Joshie is now with his mum, which is the way it should be. She loved her family very dearly,” Mrs Webster said.

“We hope now Chris will be found to complete the picture.”

Twenty-two people died when an inland tsunami tore through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley in January; the majority of people who died lived in Grantham.

The search continues for three Grantham residents, including Chris, still listed as missing.



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