The memory of one of Wagga’s “most colourful” women lives in every rainbow, according to her daughter.
The rainbow symbol became the theme for longtime hairdresser Lisa Hill, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer last year.
A celebration of Mrs Hill’s life on Tuesday was met with enormous support from near and far and a special day of hair care raised money for ovarian cancer research.
Her daughter, Anna Worland said the theme came from her mother when, on hear death bed, she had said she would come back as birds and rainbows.
“Ever since, there’s been ridiculous amounts of rainbows,” Ms Worland said.
“So it’s the theme we’ve carried on.”
Clients, colleagues, friends and family came together to celebrate the “most beautiful woman’, one year after they lost her to cancer.
Ms Worland said her mother had worked as a hairdresser in the city for close to 40 years and had “loved every minute”.
“She was a much loved community member,” she said.
“At her funeral there were more than 500 people that came.”
Ms Worland said her mother would have loved the Rainbow Day, held at Dakota Hair and Beauty.
More than 60 Wagga residents booked to have their hair washed and dried at for the cost of a donation to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
While live music and rainbow decorations filled the arcade, homemade baked goods and coffee were also served at a donation-priced pop-up cafe.
“We just feel it’s such a heartwarming moment to see how many people loved her that much,” Ms Worland said.
“We’re still very sad but it’s a happy day.”
Dakota Hair and Beauty owner Tammie Wilson could barely hold back tears as she recalled her time working with Lisa.
“She was just a really happy person,” Ms Wilson said.
“She brought us all together.”
Ms Wilson, other hairdressers and those who knew and loved Lisa Hill said they wished to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and hopefully prevent future deaths.