Surviving mushroom poisoning victim arrives at memorial to farewell wife

Surviving mushroom poisoning victim arrives at memorial to farewell wife

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The surviving victim of the deadly Leongatha mushroom lunch has arrived to farewell his late wife at a public memorial service for her in Victoria’s east.

Friends and family have gathered to honour Heather Wilkinson, 66, at the Korumburra Recreation Centre this morning, five weeks after a public service was held for the other two mushroom poisoning victims.

Her husband, Ian Wilkinson, was released from hospital after two months of treatment following the poisoning on July 29.

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The Wilkinson family said Heather will be remembered as a “beloved wife, daughter, sister, mum, favourite mother-in-law, grandma, and friend”.

She lived “a life full of love, joy, and service” until her death on August 4, they said.

Heather Wilkinson, her sister Gail Paterson and her husband Don died in hospital after they all ate beef Wellington cooked by their daughter-in-law Erin Patterson.

Donations collected at the memorial will go to the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, which is where Heather was treated before her death.

Funds will also be donated to a charity hospital in Niger, which was close to Heather’s heart.

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Reverend Ian Wilkinson, a pastor at the Korumburra Baptist Church in Gippsland is the man fighting for life. His wife, Heather has died.

Police are continuing to investigate the suspected poisoning, with all victims having displayed symptoms of poisoning by death cap mushrooms.

Erin Patterson has not been charged.

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