Loving mum, dedicated volunteer killed in crash

The Flanagan and Whitby family during happier times. From left, Emily, Elissa,Grace, Rob, Michael, and Jamie Lewis at Michael's Hear and Say graduation.
The Flanagan and Whitby family during happier times. From left, Emily, Elissa,Grace, Rob, Michael, and Jamie Lewis at Michael's Hear and Say graduation. Contributed

ELISSA Flanagan was a doting, dedicated mother who always put her partner, kids and the community first.

The 29-year-old was tragically killed when her four-wheel-drive rolled on Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Rd Saturday night.

She was returning to her home in Cecil Plains from the Disability Awards night in Toowoomba when the tragedy struck.

Through tears, her partner of 12 years, Rob Whitby, described the mother of their five children as someone who was always a "delight to have around".

"She was a great mother … she'd do absolutely everything for us," Mr Whitby said.

"She was a delight to have around and whatever it was, she was always happy to do it."

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Ms Flanagan was deputy of the Cecil Plains State Emergency Service and Mr Whitby struggled to put into words how much the role meant to her.

"She was into everything in the community," he said.

"She just loved her children, loved doing the sports carnivals, cheering on her kids and getting involved in the community."

HAPPIER TIMES: Elissa Flanagan and partner Rob Whitby celebrate Elissa's 29th birthday in Cecil Plains recently. Photo Contributed
HAPPIER TIMES: Elissa Flanagan and partner Rob Whitby celebrate Elissa's 29th birthday in Cecil Plains recently. Photo Contributed Contributed

Ms Flanagan's mother Susan Flanagan said her daughter was a champion runner who went on to represent Queensland.

"She beat Cathy Freeman's record in the 100m … she was a champion," Mrs Flanagan said.

"She was just a beautiful girl who loved life and loved everyone around her.

"I miss her so much - you just don't know how much."

The Cecil Plains community has rallied around the young mother with a number of donation points set up to help support the family through the tragedy.

Mr Whitby said the community support reflected the contributions Ms Flanagan made to the region.

"You get back what you put in, you know, and she deserves everything," he said.

Ms Flanagan leaves behind five children - Monique, 12, Tahlia, 12, Michael, 8, Emily 6, and Grace, 5.

The Lions Club of Cecil Plains invites donations through an account with BSB: 034-177 and Account: 138-991.

Donors are asked to put Elissa in the description.

Contact Lyn Bennie on 0427 632 174.

A gofundme.com account has also been established.

Visit gofundme.com/7d3kwsfk.

The Cecil Plains SES has a collection going, and people are asked to contact the service for more information.

Donations can also be made at the Cecil Plains Post Office.


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