Work mates make memorial for colleague lost in MH370

MARY Burrows lost her life on the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 just over a year ago.

But a small memorial will ensure her memory lives on in the hearts of those she worked with for 17 years.

Queensland Police yesterday revealed touching images of Mrs Burrows's children at the unveiling of a memorial plaque at the state's police academy.

The small bronze memorial - inscribed simply "Mary Burrows, Administrative Officer, 8 March 2014" - will be a "permanent and dedicated place for Queensland Police Service academy staff members who have passed whilst serving," a police spokeswoman said.

The plaque is on a wall in the academy's chapel.

A small dedication service was held on February 27, about a week before the first anniversary of the disappearance of MH370.

The plane, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12.41am on March 8, 2014.

It disappeared from the radar a short time later while flying over the South China Sea.

Mrs Burrows and her husband Rodney were among six Australians on the plane.

Rodney's elderly parents George and Irene Burrows travelled from Biloela in central Queensland to take part in the memorial ceremony.

Joining them were Rodney and Mary's children - Jayden, Karla and Melia - and Harrison, who is the grandson of Mary and Rodney and was born about a month after the tragedy.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and colleagues, extended family and friends were on hand for the unveiling.

Mrs Burrows worked for Queensland Police from 1997 until her death.

"Mary is deeply missed and fondly remembered as an exceptional mother, wife, friend and colleague," the spokeswoman said.

Irene Burrows told APN Newsdesk last week that emotions flowed at the ceremony and at a memorial golf day held in Wacol for her son.

"For the whole family, these were very moving," Mrs Burrows said.

"They were very, very well done, very emotional but very beautiful.

"It made us feel that they were very much loved everywhere else."

- APN NEWSDESK



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