Aussie woman flies special message above mourners at her funeral

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A Queensland woman made her loved ones laugh one last time as they gathered to say their final farewells at her funeral.

Businesswoman Michelle Neumann, also known as Michelle Deriz, was much-loved on the Gold Coast, the Courier Mail reported. She recently lost her battle with cancer at age 63.

From beyond the grave, she managed to get one more laugh out of her family and friends. As more than 200 people gathered for her funeral, a plane carrying a sign flew overhead.

Queensland businesswoman Michelle Neumann had a plane fly over her funeral with a very important message. Source: Mike Perry via Courier Mail
Queensland businesswoman Michelle Neumann had a plane fly over her funeral with a very important message. Source: Mike Perry via Courier Mail

“I’m watching you … cry harder. M. XXX”," the sign read.

Apparently, the elaborate display was very on-brand for Ms Neumann, who was known for her sense of humour.

Her children, Spencer and Gene Deriz told the Courier Mail she had a "wicked sense of humour" and was "quick-witted". Family and friends who attended the funeral said the sign was "classic Michelle", the publication reported.

"She was a practical joker who acted like a teenager among her friends and lived life to the full, whether it be skiing, surfing, jet skiing or hiking," her children said.

"She also had a fond love for cooking, as well as cryptic, trivia and sudoku puzzles.”

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Michelle Neumann has been remembered for her wicked sense of humour.

Her humour aside, the businesswoman is also remembered for being loving and affectionate.

By the late 1990s, Ms Neumann was at the helm of Neumann Group, after previously working in the travel industry.

She remained with the business until her death. In addition to work, she was reportedly charitable and sponsored events within her community.

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