Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 19/04/2006, pg. 61

VANESSA KINGSTON

Pharmacy assistant, mother

Born: Biloela, March 13, 1975

Died: Warra, March 29, 2006

VANESSA Louise Kingston, 31, was killed in a collision on the Warrego Highway east of Warra on the Darling Downs after her front left tyre hit a rut and blew out, causing her vehicle to slide into the path of an oncoming B-double truck.

She was born in Biloela where her father Ron Peachey was a school principal at nearby Goovigen. She was the third of four girls born to Ron and his wife Valerie.

The family moved to an Aboriginal and Islander settlement south of Weipa in 1980 where Vanessa participated in correspondence pre-school and began gymnastics classes.

When the family moved to Toowoomba in 1982 Vanessa was in Year 2 at Middle Ridge State School. In secondary school she attended Centenary Heights State High School, excelling in athletics and team sports.

During her high school years, she and her sisters joined Goldstars netball club, playing for the club for many years.

She also continued her interest in guiding, attaining the movement’s highest award, the BP Emblem. She completed her bronze medallion in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, completing challenges in sky diving, whitewater rafting, hiking and canoeing.

After leaving school she undertook a pharmacy assistant course, working at pharmacies in Toowoomba.

In 1995 she met former Centenary Heights student Jonathan Kingston at a New Year’s Eve party in Toowoomba, during the time when he was working in Gladstone as a bank teller. Their courtship was conducted long distance with Jonathan making trips to Toowoomba every fortnight. They married in 1997.

Their first child Hayden was born in 2002 and Riley in 2004.

The Kingstons moved several times with bank transfers and recently were posted from Miles to Emerald.

Mrs Kingston was driving from Miles to Dalby to say goodbye to a friend before she left for Emerald, when she was killed instantly in a traffic accident.

In a moving eulogy at his wife’s funeral, Jonathan Kingston told mourners he and Vanessa had been due to move into their first home that day.

“We should have been unpacking today in the house we bought together,” he said.

“Our personal goals and dreams were really clicking into reality for both of us.”

Mrs Kingston is survived by Jonathan, Hayden, 4, Riley, 21 months and parents Ron and Val Peachey.

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