THE last song Julianne Dunkinson danced to was called Goodbye.

It is the word she was never able to say to her sons before she was taken by a killer disease.

Dancing was Julianne's passion, but her two teenage boys were her world.


Dr. Andrew Langley with meningoccocal warning signs : Dr. Andrew Langley holds a press conference regarding meningococcal death on the Sunshine Coast.
Dr. Andrew Langley with meningoccocal warning signs : Dr. Andrew Langley holds a press conference regarding meningococcal death on the Sunshine Coast.


The Pomona community is mourning the sudden loss of the bubbly 37-year-old Noosa Council employee who died from meningococcal on Sunday.

Her symptoms did not appear until it was too late as the disease rapidly took hold within just three days.

Julianne was the first person on the Sunshine Coast and sixth person in Queensland to be diagnosed with meningococcal this year.

Her death has been felt across the entire Coast community, including among line dancing circles - her passion in her downtime.

But it is her family who are feeling the effects of the devastating and untimely loss the most.

Her sons Matt, 17, and Bailey, 13, are now facing life without their mum.

Their grandparents have taken the boys under their wings as the entire family grieves.

Matt said his mum was "awesome".

"She worked hard and was a really strong mum who tried to do her best for everyone," Matt said.

"She always came camping with us and fishing.



"Our favourite spot was Noosa River.

"I loved most how caring she was and she always did her best to make me and Bailey happy."

Members of the line dancing group Steppin' in Line are coming to terms with the death of their friend with whom they had enjoyed a social dancing class just 24 hours before she fell ill.

"Julianne loved dancing. If she missed a class or couldn't dance one week, a part of her was missing, she used to say," dance teacher Cathy Breed said.

"We just can't believe it, it's such a shock for everyone."

Cathy said Julianne was always the first one on the floor and the last one out the door.

"She was always her bubbly self right to the end of the class every week," Cathy said. "She was always there until the end, there was no stopping her.''

Cathy said she asked the class on Thursday if there was anything else people wanted to dance to.

"Julianne said the Goodbye song dance that we like to do at the end of the class and that was her very last dance.

"Julianne was just starting to come out of her shell.

"She was really blooming and loving life, up before sunrise going for walks at the national park and just so proud of her boys.

"We are just devastated."

Julianne's heartbroken older brother Ken Young summed up her personality as that of a beautiful bloom.

"They only pick the best flowers out of the garden," Ken said

"She was a very humble girl, a very loving mother, daughter and sister and wherever she went, she put a smile on people's faces."

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service has administered antibiotics to Julianne's immediate family as a precaution.

It is consulting with those who had contact with her in the days leading up to her death.

Julianne's funeral will be held at Gregson and Weight Noosa on Friday.