Hundreds say goodbye to ‘princess’ Charlee

Funeral service for Charlee Ferrar at the Fassifern Christian Church in Kalbar. Charlee's cousin Jake Reeve (12) with his mother Casey Stewart and step-father Trevor Stewart.
Funeral service for Charlee Ferrar at the Fassifern Christian Church in Kalbar. Charlee's cousin Jake Reeve (12) with his mother Casey Stewart and step-father Trevor Stewart. David Nielsen

KALBAR'S streets were lined with purple, pink and yellow yesterday to celebrate the life of five-year-old Charlee Ferrar who passed away after a 19-month battle with an aggressive brain tumour.

Charlee's favourite song, Frozen's Let it Go, could be heard throughout the close-knit town as hundreds of family and friends said goodbye.

Family member Marshall Chalk said Charlee would be remembered as a cheeky young girl who lit up the room everywhere she went.

"We would like to remember Charlee for who she was, a fun-loving, vibrant girl with a wicked sense of humour," he said.

"Charlee was a girly-girl who would dance around the house singing and twirling in one of her many princess outfits.

"With her blonde hair and blue eyes, she certainly looked every bit a beautiful princess."

Five-year-old Charlee Ferrar passed away on Sunday after a 19 month battle with cancer. Photo: Contributed
Five-year-old Charlee Ferrar passed away on Sunday after a 19 month battle with cancer. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Mr Chalk said the Ferrar family remained positive and were helped by Charlee's Little Wishes, which generated both moral and financial support.

"Through this, Darren and Jamie set about giving Charlee many life experiences," Mr Chalk said.

"Charlee loved the experience of building a snowman… she fed a giraffe, splashed a dolphin, held a koala, fed a kangaroo, rode a camel and had many trips to Dreamworld where she was on a first-name basis with the resident fairy.

"Charlee's life, though way too short, bought so much joy to so many people and left a lasting legacy of generosity, bravery and happiness."

A poignant moment in the service came when Charlee's 12-year-old cousin, Jake Reeve, stepped up and gave a moving speech in which he recounted the last time he said goodbye to his younger cousin.

Fassifern Christian Church Pastor Dennis Lumley was sure to let the Ferrar family know the town of Kalbar was there to support them.

"We all wished we weren't here and we hoped for a different ending," he said.

"To Charlee's parents, Darren and Jamie, we want you to know the community supports you and will bring you through this."

Charlee is remembered by her mother Jamie, her father Darren and her younger brother Ryan.

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