The ever-determined and cheeky Linda Bullent has lost her battle with cancer.
The mother-of-three passed peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, signalling the end of a fight against cancer that began with an initial diagnosis in 2014, a short remission, and a second diagnosis in 2016. She was 52.
But her legacy is already living on. Her unwavering positive attitude, and focus on fundraising for a cure that could help others in the future, are some of the traits emerging in tributes from family and friends.
It's clear the former Morpeth Lodge Motel and Raworth Tennis Centre manager, and long-time Maitland Mercury tennis columnist, has left a life-long impression on her supporters.
Last month Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison recognised her in a community recognition statement in state parliament. Linda posed with a written version of the tribute just over a week before she died.
It followed a Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award a few years ago for her devotion to helping others.
"She always put herself last and everyone else before herself, her positive attitude and her humour helped to get her through," her daughter Lucy said.
"She has been courageous in her fight, we've been married for 27 years and been together for 30 and I feel very privileged to have spent so much time with her," her husband Jerry added.
She had hoped to raise $100,000 for cancer research, but when her oncologist delivered the news nobody would ever want to hear - that the treatment was no longer working, she decided to lower her target to $60,000.
She fell almost $3000 short. A fundraiser planned for last week, which had to be cancelled due to her poor health, would have helped her reach that target.
Her family have confirmed they will continue her fundraising legacy and are asking for donations to the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, instead of flowers, which they hope will bring her closer to her goal. They also ask anyone attending her funeral to wear something pink.
She will be farewelled at a funeral service at St James Anglican Church in Morpeth at 10am on Monday, November 25.
The wake will follow at East Maitland Bowling Club from 11.45am.
Her friends, and fundraising buddies Michelle Davis and Carole Underwood, said she was a loving friend who "touched so many people in her own unique way".
"I'm a firm believer that people cross your path for a reason and the reason for me that Linda crossed my path was to show me that there is a resilience and a strength beyond what we can imagine," Ms Davis said.
"I've got goosebumps remembering her, we laughed at the same stuff, she had a little bit of a cheeky mouth and a potty mouth and so do I and it seemed that every little quick she had for me, I had one back. We formed a great friendship.
"We laughed at the same stuff, she had a little bit of a cheeky mouth and a potty mouth and so do I and it seemed that every little quick she had for me, I had one back. We formed a great friendship."
"Lindy Loo was certainly one of a kind. She was a selfless, loving and courageous friend who put up the most incredible fight against a horrible illness," Ms Underwood added.
Her sense of humour and quick wit made for many treasured laughs both during her time of wellness and sickness. It was my absolute pleasure to assist Lindy in her outstanding fundraising efforts, nearly $60,000 for cancer research, which will be continued in her honour. Her passing leaves a heartache that no-one can heal, our friendship leaves a memory that no one can steal. I look forward to having that 'one more hit of tennis' with her, that we both desired, when we meet again."
Ms Bullent and her family moved to Australia from the United Kingdom in 2007. It followed the death of her parents. Her brother was already living in Australia at the time.
"We had been here on holiday and she loved the climate here. After she lost her dad she said look we need to do something different. It's so easy to talk about things and not do them, but she just felt at this time that she had to jump into the unknown and try something new," Mr Bullent said.
"She was smart and funny as well and I think people loved her sense of humour. Once she became manager of the resort she became part of the that and had a good relationship with a lot of the businesses in Morpeth.
"She liked talking with people but she also loved her tennis. I remember when she came back from the tennis centre at Raworth after being there for the first time and she said to me 'I've found the most beautiful place to play tennis'. When she got offered the managers job there it was perfect.
"Linda played as a girl and became a tennis coach in the UK. That was her sport."
Lucy said her mother had set a good example for her and her brothers Matt and Andy when it came to dealing with life's challenges.
Even the way she dealt with rounds of chemotherapy treatment was inspiring, she said.
"Mum used to dress up every time she went, she had so many costumes - Where's Wally?, Naughty Nurse ... her favourites were fake boobs and a fake bum," Ms Bullent said.
"The chemotherapy ward is a sad place and she brought happiness and laughter to brighten it up," Mr Bullent added.
"One of her big things was not to sweat the small stuff, and try to be as positive as you can in any situation. I hope that my brothers and I can go through life the same way, and we are lucky that we have learnt that from a young age," she said.
"I'll remember the bond that we had, especially in the last few years toward the end, I just loved spending time with mum and sitting in bed and watching a movie."