PAYING TRIBUTE: Natasha's children (L-R) Alintia Auda, Xzantia Ingui, Dawn Ingui, Darnelle Auda, Nargie Ingui, James Ingui, Chris Ingui, Horrice Ingui and Andella Ingui. Her fiance Lonnie Ingui is on the far right.
PAYING TRIBUTE: Natasha's children (L-R) Alintia Auda, Xzantia Ingui, Dawn Ingui, Darnelle Auda, Nargie Ingui, James Ingui, Chris Ingui, Horrice Ingui and Andella Ingui. Her fiance Lonnie Ingui is on the far right. Allan Reinikka ROK030419afamily1

Woman remembered as devoted mum with a 'big heart'

FAMILY was everything to Natasha Kissier-Auda, a mother of 12 who was devoted to her children.

Natasha's family are still reeling from her shock death in a car crash on Lakes Creek Rd over the weekend, but their biggest worry is for her youngest babies who are struggling to understand why their mum isn't coming home.

The family spoke this week as younger members of the family cut down trees and cleared the yard of their North Rockhampton home.

This hive of activity is part of Torres Strait culture, where the family home is cleaned up completely in the wake of a family death to prepare for relatives who will be welcomed from far and wide.

Natasha's family said honouring cultural traditions was especially important as the Rockhampton mum had a deep connection to her heritage.

Her fiance Lonnie Ingui said they travelled Australia together to visit relatives and take part in cultural ceremonies or activities.

Until a funeral date is set, Natasha's family will continue to gather daily for sit-downs where they will comfort each other and remember the woman they described as friendly, happy, and with a big heart for everyone she met.

Natasha was the first grandchild in her family, born in Mackay.

Her mum Suelia Fewquandie was still living at home when she had Natasha, much to the delight of her younger siblings.

 

Natasha Kissier was killed in a car crash in Rockhampton on Saturday, March 30.
Natasha Kissier was killed in a car crash in Rockhampton on Saturday, March 30. Kissier family

Natasha's aunt Daphne Tapim remembered fondly how the siblings would spoil their first niece and play with her when they came home from school.

She said baby Natasha was "like electricity for our house".

"She was the apple of our eye and still is," Daphne said.

Suelia's parents died when Natasha was a toddler.

They were buried in Mackay, so Natasha's family would like to take her home and lay her to rest with her maternal grandparents.

After meeting as teenagers, Natasha and Lonnie had their first daughter while living in Cairns before moving to Rockhampton.

Since then, they've grown their brood to 12 children which the family joked was almost a football team.

After more than 20 years together, Lonnie is heartbroken to have lost Natasha.

He was a passenger in the crash.

Although the family said every day with Natasha was one with happy memories, they remembered the days-long cultural engagement ceremony between the couple as one full of love and celebration.

They said Natasha "lived and breathed family and culture" and loved being a mother, and new grandmother to one.

Lonnie said Natasha also loved fishing, and they would often go out as a family and cast a line.

The family is unsure how they'll pay for Natasha's funeral and get her back home to Mackay, so they have appealed for community help.

They've established a GoFundMe page that has raised $3000 in just three days.

Can you help?

  • Donate to Natasha's family to help cover funeral expenses here


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