Stephanie's DNA confirms she is the mother of Kylie Glynn.
Stephanie was born in 29th August 1949 Camperdown, NSW, Australia.
She was baptised 30th October 1949 at St Stephen's Church of England, Newtown, NSW, Australia.
Brighton-le-Sands Infants School and Primary School Tempe Primary School St George Girls High School St George Technical College
1968 Stephanie and her friend Heather Stewart moved to Melbourne. Sadly when Stephanie's mother Pearl (Denning) Glynn became ill Stephanie moved back home a short time after her mother's passing.
In 1972 Stephanie gave birth to Kylie-Jo Glynn, Stephanie was a single Mother.
29th June 1974 Stephanie married Michael Vanden Driesen at St Phillips Church of England, Auburn, NSW, Australia. Michael Vanden Driesen adopted Kylie-Jo Glynn. Together Stephanie and Michael had 3 more children. Their 2 youngest sons are twins.
They moved to Perth, WA, Australia in 1974.
June 1983 Stephanie and Michael divorced.
Stephanie had worked as an office clerk previously to becoming a single mum and then a stay at home mum/housewife. After her children had grown she went back to work as an office clerk on contract and temp placements.
After living in Kewdale, WA, Australia for many years Steph began to travel overseas. She would see her brother, Greg Glynn in El Paso, TX, USA and then see her 2nd daughter, Kirsty-Lee (Vanden Driesen) McKenzie in Nottingham, UK. Steph did this frequently for many years.
She also went to Ireland, Scotland, Canada and France. While seeing family was always an enjoyable time for her, researching her family tree and ancestors was normally apart of her time away.
She eventually sold her home in Kewdale, WA, Australia and for a while travelled again overseas.
Steph and her friend Heather had said when they were much younger they should go live in Tasmania for 6 months. After both women had become grandmothers the time finally came and both ladies moved to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia in 2006.
Heather had other commitments which only allowed her to stay for those 6 months however Steph stayed in Hobart for 5 years, before moving back to Perth, with her daughter Kirsty-Lee (Vanden Driesen) McKenzie who had now moved back to Australia with her soon to be husband, Simon McKenzie.
After just a few years in Perth, WA, both of Steph's sons Joshua Vanden Driesen and Jordan Vanden Driesen had moved to Cairns, QLD, Australia. Joshua Vanden Driesen by now had 2 small children of his own and Steph decided to move to Cairns also to be close to her smaller grandchildren as her other 2 grandchildren had grown up.
Stephanie lived at Trinity Beach, QLD, Australia for 5 years before moving back to Perth, WA, Australia in 2017.
Stephanie was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in her mid 50s. She was found with Bowel Cancer when she was approximately 64, the cancer hadn't yet shown any symptoms and luckily removing just a portion of her bowel cured the cancer. No chemo required. In mid 2018 she suffered a very painful stomach ache strong enough she required an ambulance in the middle of the night. She was informed it was trouble with her gall stones. She had surgery to remove the gallbladder. Pathology later discovered Stephanie actually had Gallbladder Cancer. Luckily again the organ had been removed, however it had spread to her liver. Chemotherapy was required for 6 months after having 25% of her liver re-sectioned.
December 2018 doctors told Stephanie she was cancer free.
In March 2019, Stephanie and I, caught the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney. Over the next 6 weeks we travelled to many places, most places were our ancestors had lived or been born, Steph had been tracing her family tree since 1985. We travelled to Taralga where Edward Denning lived and his brother Thomas Denning had been a sheep Overseer for James MacCarthur. . Thomas Denning also built the church in Taralga which is now the Historical Society. We also travelled to Crookwell, Gouburn, Canberra and many more places helping Steph (Mum) with seeing and knowing more about her family history.
We had been gone 6 weeks and arrived back in Perth middle of May 2019. The following week Steph was told the cancer was back. This time, her liver, lymph nodes and several very small spots on her lungs. Chemotherapy was need again this time it would be a bottle attached to her for 48hrs every 2 weeks. She tolerated the chemotherapy well. The night after her first treatment, she had an extreme stomach pain non cancer and non chemo related. After staying in hospital for 2 days, doctors discovered a hernia in her bowel and even better news the first chemo treatment had already started to work, the tumours had shrunk. Following day the hernia was removed. She was still however in pain.
Two days later Stephanie passed away in her hospital bed at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, WA, Australia with her two daughters, Myself and Kirsty-Lee (Vanden Driesen) McKenzie holding her hands and 2 of her 4 grandchildren, Cameron (Vanden Driesen) Glynn and Jaide-Lara Glynn by her bedside.
At time of writing it is believed Stephanie died due to a very small thing inside her bowel rupturing and causing an infection doctors could not fight fast enough.
Stephanie's funeral was in the East Chapel of Fremantle Cemetery, WA, Australia on 28th June 2019. Her eulogy was given by her eldest son, Joshua Vanden Driesen, Steph's sister in-law, Jennifer (Hannan) Glynn read on my behalf.
Stephanie was cremated the following day. Her ashes given to me. Stephanie will have her ashes scattered at Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, NSW, Australia, as well her brother's Greg Glynn ashes will be scattered at the same time.
Stephanie Glynn is my Mum.
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