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Hunter Valley bus crash funeral: Mourners farewell local doctor Bec Mullen at Singleton Civic Centre

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Grief beyond words: Friends and family of junior doctor killed in Hunter Valley wedding bus crash arrive at her funeral days before she was supposed to get married – as her heartbroken fiancé’s final request is revealed

  • Local doctor Bec Mullen farewelled in Singleton
  • Mourners wore bright colours and florals at family’s request
  • One of 10 wedding guests killed in bus crash tragedy

She was supposed to be preparing for her wedding, but Bec Mullen was instead farewelled today by friends and family almost three weeks after she was killed in the horror Hunter Valley bus crash.

In a gut-wrenching request from Ms Mullen’s grieving fiancé Sam Howard, mourners were told to wear bright colours and florals for the young doctor’s funeral.

Ms Mullen was among ten killed when a bus carrying thirty-five wedding guests rolled at Greta, in the NSW Hunter Region, on June 11 in Australia’s worst road disaster in three decades.

The victims had just watched their friends Maddy Edsell and Mitchell Gaffney tie the knot at the Wandin Estate winery in Lovedale and were being driven to their accommodation in nearby Singleton when the bus crashed in a 40km/h speed zone.

Ms Mullen’s emotional send-off is the second funeral to be held for the crash victims – and is especially tragic as the Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital junior doctor was just weeks away from marrying Mr Howard when her life was tragically cut short.

The Singleton Civic Centre was transformed into a sea of colour on Wednesday as loved ones and hospital colleagues gathered to farewell Ms Mullen and celebrate her life.

Solemn mourners arrived wearing bright colours and flowery frocks, and were also encouraged to bring a special memory or photo for Ms Mullen’s family.

Mourners embraced each other outside Singleton Civic Centre as they arrived to farewell much-loved local doctor Bec Mullen

Mourners wore colourful and floral attire at the request of Ms Mullen's loved ones

Mourners wore colourful and floral attire at the request of Ms Mullen’s loved ones

Many mourners had just returned from NSW south coast where they farewelled Angus Craig, the first of the bus crash victims to be buried on Monday.

Ms Mullen’s funeral was the first to be held in Singleton, which has rocked by the tragedy.

Friends and family arrived on Wednesday hand-in-hand with fellow mourners  

Ms Mullen was remembered as a ‘beautiful human being’ who was a member of the local dancing community.

‘Bec will always be remembered for her kind heart and warming smile, nothing ever a problem and always there to help if you needed it,’ Hunter Urban Dance Studio wrote online.

‘Much loved and deeply missed by family and friends, thank you for being an amazing, gorgeous human being, inside and out. We are privileged to have known you and you have touched our lives forever.’

Bec Mullen's funeral (mourners pictured) was just two days after mourners farewelled the first of the Hunter Valley bus crash victims

Bec Mullen’s funeral (mourners pictured) was just two days after mourners farewelled the first of the Hunter Valley bus crash victims

Bec Mullen (right) was weeks away from marrying the love of her life when hers was cut short. She is pictured with her fiancé Sam Howard and their dog Koda

Bec Mullen (right) was weeks away from marrying the love of her life when hers was cut short. She is pictured with her fiancé Sam Howard and their dog Koda

The former Hunter Valley Grammar School school captain started a Veterinary Bioscience degree at University of Sydney’s in 2016 before transferring to the University of Newcastle to pursue a degree in medicine.

Devastated relatives have been waiting more than two weeks to bury their loved ones as police investigators worked to formally identify the bodies.

A fundraiser launched to support the victims raised more than $242,000 within days, with the NSW Government pledging to contribute an additional $100,000. 

Electrician Kane Symons, 21 will be farewelled in his hometown of Hobart on Sunday.

Funeral services are yet to be are yet to be announced bowel cancer survivor Zachary Bray Melbourne accountant Darcy Bulman, and Singleton footballers Tori Cowburn and local couple Andrew and Lynan Scott.

Bec Mullen's funeral on Wednesday was the first to be held in Singleton for the 10 bus crash victims who lost their lives

Bec Mullen’s funeral on Wednesday was the first to be held in Singleton for the 10 bus crash victims who lost their lives

Bec Mullen (pictured) was a junior doctor at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital

Bec Mullen (pictured) was a junior doctor at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital

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