TRULY MISSED: Deanna Littleton will be remembered for her kindness and her incredible musical ability.
TRULY MISSED: Deanna Littleton will be remembered for her kindness and her incredible musical ability. Contributed

Ex-councillor's wife passes away tragically

WHEN Barry Littleton saw the beautiful new music teacher standing before the choir students she had just started teaching in Bowenville, he knew Deanna was the one for him.

The pair remained inseparable until this week, when Deanna Littleton passed away at 80 and MrLittleton lost the love of his life.

Deanna's daughter Karen Postle shared with The Dalby Herald the "tremendous legacy" her mother left on her family and her community.

"Family was paramount to Mum," Mrs Postle said.

"She loved getting us all together, she loved having her family around her.

"She loved cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

"She was ever so caring and just offered the best for my brother Russell and I."

Born at Dalby Hospital, Deanna lived in the region for most of her life until her passing.

An avid musician and wonderful with children, Deanna began teaching music when she was just 12, sharing her own passion at such a young age.

From there she studied at the Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne and went on to teach music for 62 years.

She was also an active member of the Dalby and Kaimkillenbun communities and spent time volunteering in schools and community groups.

She never missed a Sunday service at Dalby Presbyterian Church, where she played the pipe organ.

Along with Mrs Postle and Deanna's husband, Deanna is survived by her son Russell, her three grandsons and granddaughter.

Deanna's passing was a shock to everyone, especially after surviving open-heart surgery just days before.

Her last moments were spent with Mrs Postle and her nurse, laughing as water from her shower nozzle was spraying everything in the bathroom.

Mrs Postle said her family was struggling with the loss, but they took comfort in the knowledge their mother and wife would be loved and remembered for a long time to come.

"She was just so community spirited," MrsPostle said.

"Every committee she could be on, she was on.

"She just wanted the best for her kids, her family and her community.

"She just was so community spirited."

Deanna's memorial service will be held at 2pm Tuesday at the Dalby Presbyterian Church.