Bali victims Noelene and Yvana Bischoff honoured
A EUCALYPT tree bursting with red blooms in a community park will become a place of solace for the Bischoff family.
It has been six months since mother and daughter Noelene and Yvana Bischoff died after eating a fish meal while on a Balinese holiday.
It's been a harrowing time for the pair's family as they come to terms with losing their girls.
But a memorial area with a tree and special plaque will become a place of remembrance to Noelene and Yvana, who devoted so much to the community through their work, school, church and general zest for life.
Yvana, 14, would visit the neighbourhood park, Nooree Park, every day to play with other children from the neighbourhood.
Now her grandmother, Jean, will be able to visit the special spot in the park across the road from where they all lived together.
The Coast community poured their hearts out to the Bischoffs when the pair died suddenly in their Bali hotel in January.
Noelene and Yvana died in January but it was several weeks before it was confirmed the culprit was a meal of fish containing histamine.
That, combined with their history of asthma and Noelene's migraine medication, proved a fatal combination.
Jean wanted nothing more than to have the memorial to her girls and with the support of neighbours and financial help from local councillor Peter Cox, that is almost a reality.
"Yvana was always at that park ... if she would go outside, the kids would say, 'Hey Yvana, come play,'" Jean said.
Jean is still grief-stricken over the deaths of her daughter and granddaughter.
Noelene's brother Malcolm and his wife Keryn, their children Logan and Grasienne, and the rest of the family have been supporting her through the difficult time.
"It was Jean's 80th birthday last weekend and we had an open party ... but all it did was remind her that Noelene wasn't there ... Noelene would have been the one organising everything; she would have loved it," Keryn said.
"Throughout the six months we've had just an outpouring from people, so many flowers ... I had 187
(Facebook) messages of support from people all over the world offering their condolences."
The couple admitted the constant media attention was difficult to deal with. Some mornings, Malcolm would have 80 missed calls before 10am.
But they understood the enormous interest in such unusual deaths.
"It was just two people going on a normal holiday; they've been going on holidays all their lives," Keryn said.
"I think the support just showed that this could have happened to anyone; it could have been any family."