Tears and tributes flowed as sisters Nouveau and Teal Rogers farewelled their mum on Mother's Day.
The girls yesterday honoured their mum, Carmen, who died last week following an accident on New Plymouth's Brougham St "My mum is my everything," Nouveau said at the service.
"I love you, mum. You're always there for me. I cannot explain how grateful I am to have you in my life."
The relationship the pair shared was "like no other," she said.
"I was so close to you and I literally tell you everything. You always gave me great advice."
The 15-year-old also said she would miss all the activities she shared with Rogers.
"I am going to miss our bush walks. I am going to miss our heart-to-hearts,"' she said.
"I am going to miss you saying good night to me, every night. I am going to miss your cute smile and your beautiful face."
Husband Che said he was "very grateful, lucky and proud" to have known, loved and "share many adventures" with Rogers in the 21 years they were together.
"Carmen and I were a team that unfortunately, has been cut down to half," he said.
Rogers had also just finished a five-month long exhibition, Crystallised, using recycled glass from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery building.
A lot Rogers' art was based on recycling, Che said.
"And her final work was to donate her organs," he said. "In doing this, she has saved at least five lives and may go on to save more."
Che also said Rogers was an "extremely generous" person.
"When a friend had suffered a loss, she drove all the way up to Auckland to offer her support."
Cherish and make the most of every moment you have with your loved ones, Che said. "You never know when they'll be gone."
About 500 guests gathered at the TSB Showplace to pay their last respects to the 41-year-old artist.
- Taranaki Daily News
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