THE tragic death of Katie Hirth has hit hard in Lismore and its surrounding district.
Ms Hirth died late last week in Hoi Ann, Vietnam, when the scooter she was riding collided with a truck, killing her instantly.
She was on honeymoon with her husband James Weedon after the couple married at Barwon Heads on February 22.
Ms Hirth is originally from Foxhow, which is located a short drive from Lismore.
Lismore Newsagency owner Steve Baldock said while Mrs Hirth went to school in Colac and lived in Geelong, her passing has had a profound effect on the town.
“Her parents are very well known here in Lismore and district and it is just such sad news,” Mr Baldock said.
“Her mum Jenny is a district nurse at Lismore Health Centre and her dad David is a fencer around the district.
“It is sad to lose someone so young and everyone is really feeling for David and Jenny. They are over in Vietnam but when they return I’m sure the community will be doing all it can to give them the support they need.”
The couple had met at secondary school in Colac and moved to Geelong, where 26-year-old Ms Hirth worked as a nurse.
Ms Hirth’s sister-in-law Laura Weedon said the couple were made for each other.
“At their wedding, everyone was saying that you don’t see this all that often — two people so adoring of each other and so obviously meant to be,” she said.
She described Ms Hirth as a bubbly, beautiful and outgoing woman who “embraced life with open arms”.
Ms Weedon thanked friends and family for messages of love and support.
“Nothing really helps … but it does help knowing people care.”