Young family left shattered by death of mum in hwy tragedy
SHE was daddy's little girl, her husband's princess and two precious children's entire world, but at the weekend Niomie Leigh Kennard was snatched from those who love her most.
The 31-year-old former Karara girl was killed instantly in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday morning, while travelling on the Moonie Hwy just north of St George.
Initial investigations suggest the Wyreema woman's vehicle veered onto the wrong side of the road and hit the dirt shoulder, causing the car to roll several times.
Her two children, Tannah, 8, and Lucy, 3 were in the car at the time of the crash.
Both children are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.
Niomie's tragic death has devastated her husband Owen, parents Brian and Juleen Conroy and siblings Tina and Gavin.
The family has been overwhelmed with the amount of support they have been showered with following news of the death.
Tina yesterday spoke of the big sister with an even bigger heart, who loved country music, cooking, butterflies and simply helping others.
"She had a heart of gold and you couldn't meet her without wanting to be her friend," she said.
"She was very bubbly and that was what sucked you in; you couldn't just be an acquaintance, you had to be more."
Reflecting on their childhood together, Tina said her big sister was often found traipsing around in their father's shadow.
"Niomie used to follow dad around like a puppy - she was definitely a daddy's girl," Tina said.
When she had her own children - a boy and a girl, as she had always wanted - Niomie made sure they grew up in the same loving environment she did.
"She was the type of mother who would do anything for her children and Lucy was Niomie all over; looks, attitude, everything," Tina said.
Niomie's mother said the family would rally around her son-in-law, who is heartbroken at losing his beloved wife.
"What Niomie did for her kids, Owen did for Niomie," Mrs Conroy said.
"She was his princess and he always gave her what she wanted.
"He just got her"
Mr Conroy said he was grateful for and touched by the outpouring of love and support by family and friends from Darwin to Tasmania.
He said he had fielded about 200 phone calls since news of his popular daughter's death broke.
"The phone hasn't stopped ringing and those people have really lifted us," he said.
"Some people say they don't know what to say but you don't have to say a word. Just to show up or call means a lot."
Niomie is a familiar face in the community and has volunteered at the Warwick Dragway since it was established.
She was born in Warwick on March 24, 1982, and attended Karara State School for some of her primary school years, before graduating year 12 at Warwick High in 1999.