As all who knew her would recall, Joanne Kuiper was never more happy than when she was surrounded by lambs.
Born at 'Mayfield' near Marinna on November 3, 1962, she grew up around sheep and carried that love throughout her entire life until she passed away from cancer on April 7, 2021.
The community bid their farewell at a funeral on Tuesday at St Luke's Anglican Church in Junee.
"She loved her lambs," recalls father Dal Eisenhauer.
"[As a child], she had a pony, she was always around the farm, always with the sheep. We had all sorts of animals, she loved her cats, but she loved those sheep."
Though she lived much of her life in Junee - attending Junee North Public and Junee High School - she spent a number of years studying and working in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne before she returned to her hometown.
Following her marriage to Rob Kuiper on May 14, 2005, the couple moved onto a property in Old Junee, where Mrs Kuiper's love of animals - particularly her cats, corgis and sheep - grew.
She also developed a passion for horticulture and gardening.
"She was very good with midwifery on the farm. She loved her flowers. She loved her lambs," her father said.
Husband Rob Kuiper recalls she cared for about 90 poddy lambs over the 13 years they lived together on the farm.
"She bottle-fed them. Sometimes it was a nuisance, you'd have to do it regularly usually in the early mornings and late nights, but she did it," Mr Kuiper said.
"We loved it there together. I always said, buying the farm was the second best thing we did. The first thing was getting married."
The couple had met when they were seated next to each other during a dinner in 2004 at Wagga Baptist Church.
"She had come with her colleague, I met her there and then a few weeks later we started seeing each other more and getting to know each other," Mr Kuiper said.
Mrs Kuiper was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and although she improved significantly around 2018, her father said she was always aware of her failing health.
A medical records clinical coding officer at Calvary Hospital for many years, she was well versed in health-related matters.
"She had all sorts of numbers in her head, she was very good at it," Mr Eisenhauer said.
"She'd speak to the doctors and translate all these illnesses into numbers and codes. She always had a flair for health and a way with numbers."
Though she was involved in numerous community groups in Junee, her main contribution was to the town's Show Society.
Despite her illness, she continued to serve as the society's publicity officer for many years.
Survived by her two older brothers, parents and husband, Mrs Kuiper will be missed across Junee and Wagga.
"I've always said, every father needs at least one daughter, I never realised how true that was until now," Mr Eisenhauer said.
"She was not just my daughter, she was my medical advisor, my helper. She was my rock, she helped me through a lot. She'll be sadly missed."