A celebration fit for a princess was held in Launceston on Friday, as the life of “Princess” Lizzy Knox was honoured.
Swathed in Lizzy’s Blanks, her family and friends crammed into the Church of Apostles to share their connections with a girl who had an infectious smile and ‘wicked sense of humour.’
Hundreds of pink and purple balloons festooned the historic interior of the church in a tribute to Launceston’s honorary princess.
Princess Lizzy’s brother Matt Knox spoke of the small moments he and his family shared with ‘their ray of sunshine.’
“We can’t really understand why we don’t get to have any more of those moments but you can’t have too much of a good thing,” he said.
Matt said he loved his sister’s sense of humour and he spent many a time in her company just trying to make her laugh.
“I can’t even remember when this happened but one time I just tripped over and she just laughed so much. So, of course, I tripped over a few more times,” he said.
He said often he was humbled by his sister’s courage and it brought him down to Earth a few times.
Lizzy was diagnosed with terminal Myelodysplastic syndrome and aggressive liver disease in 2014.
Since her diagnosis, she endured more than 32 plane trips to Melbourne for doctors appointments and had made a name for herself at “hotel Launceston General Hospital.”
Lizzy made an impression wherever she went, even on the clergy at Church of the Apostles.
Father Mark Freeman, who led the service for Lizzy at the church, said she was an independent soul who never held anything back.
“She was never one to hold back but there was a reticence there as well,” he said.
He said Lizzy had spent her “life to the fullest” and had been given a long time to spend with her family because “even God wasn’t sure if he could handle Lizzy all of the time.”
Father Freeman said it was important for the congregated to think fondly on the times they spent with Lizzy and remember her full life and the way she boldly shared it with others.
The service was held on Friday at 1.30pm followed by another service at Stonesthrow at 4pm. To help support the family check out their Go Fund Me page.