Lady of the land Dawn Mackenzie will be missed
ONE of Central Queensland's most well-known ladies of the land will be farewelled by hundreds next week.
After a long battle with her health, Dawn Mackenzie sadly passed away at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital at 2.30am on Monday.
The 70-year-old and her husband Peter ran a cattle property called Redbank near Dingo for 50 years before eventually moving to Rockhampton.
Dawn's brother, Nev Brown, yesterday said she was heavily involved in numerous organisations, including the Red Cross, the Cattlemen's Union and the Queensland Country Women's Association.
He said she met Peter at a BNS ball in the late 1960s.
Together they had three children - Greg, Cherie and Lisa.
While the pair dabbled in a number of different cattle breeds, Nev said they mainly bred Brahmans.
He said she was a very popular woman, always happy to welcome visitors into her home and even her hospital room.
"When she was in hospital a few years ago the doctors had to say to her 'can you ask people to leave?'" he laughed.
"It drove them insane with the number of visitors."
And it hasn't stopped since.
Nev said he had been fielding phone calls from all across the country since her passing.
"We're expecting about 800 people at the funeral," he said.
"It's going to be very, very big."
The service will be held at St Peter's Church, Wandal at 1pm on Monday, followed by a wake at Paradise Lagoons.
When: 1pm Monday, October 20
Where: St Peter's Church, Wandal