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  1. To My Beautiful & Treasured Friend Robyn,

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Sending you and Kyle and your family love.
    Take this time to cherish the wonderful and happy times you shared with your beautiful Mum Doreen.
    The memories that you hold in your heart will give you comfort through this time.
    A Beautiful service for a Beautiful Lady xxxxx

    A poem for your Mum…..in loving memory …..

    THE DASH…………….

    I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
    He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning to the end.

    He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
    but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between the years.

    For now that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on this earth.
    And now only those that loved her will know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash.
    For what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash…….

    So think about this long and hard. Are there things you would like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

    if we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real and always try to understand
    the way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more, and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

    If we treat other with respect, and more often wear a smile, remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

    So, when your eulogy is being read with your life’s actions to rehash,
    would you be proud of the things they say about how you spent your dash?

    Love Kerry xxx

  2. This speech was to be read at the funeral, but we ran out of time.
    Thank you so much Darren. Mum thought the world of John and yourself.

    For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Darren Mitchell and I was one of Doreen’s Line Dancing teachers.

    Doreen was a huge part of our classes for more than 20 years, attending our classes twice sometimes three times a week and also our monthly social gatherings. Doreen just loved her Line Dancing, it was her ‘Happy’ place and she always looked forward to getting to class to enjoy her dancing.

    Doreen hated the slow dances, if I was teaching a dance, she would always ask me ‘is this slow’? sometimes my reply would be ‘yes, Doreen this is a slow dance tonight’, with that she would walk off the floor, I would say ‘Doreen where are you going’? she would turn around, look at me with her tongue poked out and say ‘I don’t like the slow dances, I’m going to get a cup of tea, tell me when you have finished’.

    Most of the times Doreen would put our ‘younger’ dancers to shame, they just couldn’t keep up with her on the floor, she would never sit down, she was just amazing.

    For those of you that knew Doreen, knew that she was a prankster and always enjoyed telling you a joke. Every year for my Birthday and Christmas, Doreen always bought me a bottle of aftershave, she would always say to me ‘ it’s only the cheap stuff, you make more money than me, so you can buy the more expensive brands, I’m only a pensioner’.

    Doreen, we are going to miss you, Chill Factor & Badge Of Honour will always be known as ‘your dance’.

    Until we meet again, keep dancing and keep telling those jokes.

    Darren Mitchell

  3. Thank you sharing this with me Jenny. xxxx

    My Favorite Memories of Doreen:
    I met Doreen many years ago through our mutual love of line dancing. Doreen was a fun loving remarkable woman with a great sense of humor. When I think of my favorite memories of her I had to stop and think for a while as there are so many memories starting with her love of leopard skin clothing and her famous hat that became an icon for those who knew her within the line dancing community. The ones most prominent that come to me is of a proud lady determined that nobody was going to find out her age. It was an impossible task for us to get her to come clean. It kept us guessing for many years. It didn’t matter how hard we tried to trick her she managed not to let it slip. Her answer was always “I am 47” I remember at her 80th birthday party when she introduced me to her one of her sons. Talking with him I discovered he was in fact older than the 47 years Doreen was saying she was. But she was still adamant that she was only 47. The only lady in the world to have a son before she was born. Told her she should be in the Guinness book of Records. Made her laugh but not confess.

    For many years I have been having Halloween celebration parties with all dressing for the occasion and with lots of decorations. The first time I invited Doreen to come she gave me a shocked look and told me very bluntly “no I can’t come” Asking further Doreen told me she didn’t like scary things but eventually after a lot of pressure she reluctantly agreed to join us. Even though she had said she didn’t want to come she arrived at 6pm 2 hours early and caught me in the shower which made her day. We had so much fun scaring Doreen that first night but I think she really enjoyed our antics. Doreen ended up coming to everyone except last year as she was unwell. She enjoyed having her photo taken and was very theatrical with her poses and with the faces she made when someone waved a decoration her way. Usually one that made a loud screeching sound or lit up.
    Doreen was a unique lady who had a great sense of humour, was loved by all of us that knew her and will be greatly missed.
    Jenny Gabsch

  4. This was to be read out at the funeral, but we ran short of time. It is from Margaret Murphy on behalf of `Bootnus’ Line dancing group.

    Doreen was Everybody’s friend, Mum, Legend,and Beautiful Lady.
    “Doreen, dance your heart out with all our other friends up there, you will be greatly missed by all of us from ‘Bootnus’

  5. Sending love & gratitude to the Victorian Carlsen’s & their families, for the wonderful tribute to Mrs Carlsen. The Queensland Carlsen’s have come together to watch & celebrated tonight – ‘Mam, Nana & Mrs Carlsen’ – as her words in all our Christmas cards will stand testament to. Not many get to experience the amazing jam pack 95.6 years that Mrs Carlsen got too! We are so great full for the love & stories shared today, you should be all very proud. Carl even learnt a couple of new things about the folks. Your very “Carlsen” eulogy captured the CRAZY & more importantly the bond shared throughout the generations! So blessed to have had three months of facetiming with the fam laughing & poking out our tongues xxx R.I.P Love Carl, Nathaniel, Lochlan & Ruth

  6. A wonderful farewell and beautiful tribute to a wonderful mum, nana, great nana, great great nana and friend to so many. lyn xx

  7. 03/08/2020
    Sending my Love and condolences to my dearest friend Robyn and family
    My memories of Doreen will be held close to my heart, in so many ways she reminded me of my own grandmother.
    One of my fondest memories was a holiday to Tamworth for a woman in her 90s, “sorry”!!! Doreen I mean 50s “ lol, her energy could outlast both myself and Robyn, we wanted to go home, Doreen wanted to keep partying, dancing and listening to bands, she would talk to the young, the old, police men and then give them her flirtatious grin. I wished I had half her energy!!!!
    For a lady her age it was truly remarkable that she was still driving, staying out till all hours of the night line dancing, bingo, such an independent lady right up to just over a year ago.
    Doreen you had such a sparkle and a zest for life that we should all be in awe, you were truly an amazing woman of your age, and you will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you.
    My dearest friend Robyn due to the circumstances I can’t be there with you today, but I send you all my Love and strength.
    You have been a wonderful attentive daughter, continuing to uplift you mum , making her favorite biscuits, having arranged sky calls, musicians dedicating songs, demanding the nursing home give her those biscuits and a normal cup of tea, OR ELSE !!! Lol waiting by her bedside day and night,
    Please know in your heart you did all that you could possible do to make her final days be filled with love, laughter and a peaceful passing.
    Till we meet again, May you now rest in peace Doreen and continue your partying and line dancing without pain, but with eternal peace.

    Such beautiful service, Doreen will be so proud of you all, her grandchildren’s tribute filled with so much Love, just beautiful!!!
    Michelle, Doreen would of been dancing from above, the words to the song were so her, such a fantastic tribute.
    Sending my Love and prayers to you all.

    Now rest in peace Doreen xx

    Love Kimmy & Family
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  8. 03/08/2020
    Sending my Love and condolences to my dearest friend Robyn and family
    My memories of Doreen will be held close to my heart, in so many ways she reminded me of my own grandmother.
    One of my fondest memories was a holiday to Tamworth for a woman in her 90s, “sorry”!!! Doreen I mean 50s “ lol, her energy could outlast both myself and Robyn, we wanted to go home, Doreen wanted to keep partying, dancing and listening to bands, she would talk to the young, the old, police men and then give them her flirtatious grin. I wished I had half her energy!!!!
    For a lady her age it was truly remarkable that she was still driving, staying out till all hours of the night line dancing, bingo, such an independent lady right up to just over a year ago.
    Doreen you had such a sparkle and a zest for life that we should all be in awe, you were truly an amazing woman of your age, and you will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you.
    My dearest friend Robyn due to the circumstances I can’t be there today, but I send you all my Love and strength
    You have been a wonderful attentive daughter, continuing to uplift you mum , making her favorite biscuits, having arranged sky calls, musicians dedicating songs, demanding the nursing home give her those biscuits and a normal cup of tea, OR ELSE !!! Lol waiting by her bedside day and night,
    Please know in your heart you did all that you could possible do to make her final days be filled with love, laughter and a peaceful passing.
    Till we meet again, May you now rest in peace Doreen and continue your partying and line dancing without pain, but with eternal peace.

    Love Kimmy D & Family
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Poem to follow:
    DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP
    I AM NOT THERE, I DO NOT SLEEP.
    I AM A THOUSAND WINDS THAT BLOW,
    I AM THE DIAMOND GLINTS ON SNOW.
    I AM THE SUNLIGHT ON RIPENED GRAIN.
    I AM THE GENTLE AUTUMN RAIN.
    WHEN YOU AWAKEN IN THE MORNING’S HUSH
    I AM THE SWIFT UPLIFTING RUSH
    OF QUIET BIRDS IN CIRCLED FLIGHT.
    I AM THE SOFT STARS THAT SHINE AT NIGHT.
    DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY;
    I AM NOT THERE. I DID NOT DIE.
    -Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Sending my love and prayers to you all.
    Such a beautiful service and reflection of Doreen’s life, she will be so proud of her family.
    Michelle Doreen would of been dancing to your tribute song, absolutely fantastic.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Thanks for adding this Kimmy, Bill didnt have time to read it out. It was so beautiful.
      Bill read your poem at the gravesite which was really nice xx

  9. Beautiful service, Doreen will be in my heart forever, I will miss picking her up for bingo and I will certainly miss her funny antics’ at bingo. Never a dull moment with her that’s for sure! I would watch her feet tapping to the dance’s at line dancing, never missed a beat. Dance on beautiful lady, and hopefully you will be picking my bingo numbers from up there! Loved and missed so much!

  10. Our sympathy goes to the Carlsen family.
    Beautiful service. Will always remember her sense of humour and her smile.
    RIP. Love always❤️❤️

  11. Sincere sympathy to Doreen’s family on her sad passing. Doreen was a lovely lady who lived a long life so well. Her love of line dancing and the line dancing community, her passion for life was remarkable. Beautiful tributes and eulogies from the family. Doreen would have been so proud. Treasure the happy memories. They will stay in your hearts forever.
    Love Carol Porter xxxx

  12. What a lovely wonderful tribute to your life from family & friends Doreen. You certainly packed a lot into your years. I will miss you waving to me across the hall at Darren’s Socials & chatting to you. I loved the song Michelle wrote for you. Enjoy dancing & singing again.

  13. A very beautiful service for a beautiful and very fun loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother.
    To Robyn and to all the extended family, my sincere condolences, and may Doreen Rest In Peace.

  14. Jenny and Reiner Gabsch
    In loving memory of a fun loving witty beautiful lady who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. We will always remember your leopard skin prints, your black hat and your love of dancing not to mention bingo. You tried for as long as you were able to join in the fun of line dancing sitting on the bench tapping your toes. Gone but never forgotten. R.I.P. lovely lady
    Love Jenny and Reiner xx

  15. A beautiful service for a an amazing lady – a star on stage and in life. All our thoughts and best wishes to all the extended family, but especially of course, to our gorgeous sister in law, Robyn.
    Love Dave and Jules

  16. I had some amazing times with Doreen, we went to every social together, every Annual Bootscooting Ball, and lots of classes. She sang her Indian song to anyone who vaguely resembled an Indian. A lovely service, lots of laughs, and tears Love from Verna

  17. Much loved and respected, you will be missed by so many.
    A wonderful life, lived to the full.
    Rest in peace Doreen x

  18. Reiner and Jenny Gabsch
    In loving memory of a fun loving, witty and beautiful lady who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. We will always remember your leopard skin prints, your hat and your love of dancing and not to mention your love of bingo. You tried for as long as you were able to enjoy the fun of line dancing sitting on the bench tapping away with your feet. Gone but never forgotten. R.I.P. lovely lady
    Love Jenny and Reiner

    1. Jenny and Reiner, Mum loved going to your house for your parties, with the line dancing in the garage, she would tell me all about it! She wouldn’t miss it for the world, all you guys were so good to mum, celebrating her birthday on your Australia day parties etc. xx

  19. To our dear friend Robyn, As we are saddened to be unable to attend today to share directly in the celebration of your beloved mum’s life, we offer this poem written by Mary Elizabeth Frye to comfort her friend who had lost her mother and was unable to attend her grave. We look forward to honouring Doreen when we can next be together. Our love and sympathy goes to all your extended family, x Kirsty, Katie, Amanda & Mary :
    Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by MEF
    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am no there; I did not die.

  20. Doing chill factor with u was lot of fun & when u would say 2 me whats he (darren) doing this slow dance 4 its awful we would laugh quietly x

  21. A beautiful lady with a beautiful heart. Always smiling and tapping feet. We will miss you at the dances Doreen but you will be able to dance again now, and look down on us all and tell us what foot we are putting wrong. God bless you, miss you.
    Love Kira and Jay ❤️❤️

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