Bright, lively and cheerful girl who loved the outdoors

More than 50 friends and relatives paid their last respects to Peony Wee Ying Ping last evening at her wake in Mountbatten.

Many of her friends left handwritten cards at the altar.

Peony was dressed in a red and white hanbok - a traditional Korean dress that her father, Mr Alson Wee Kee Liang, 51, said was her favourite.

The 12-year-old was the first of six pupils from Tanjong Katong Primary School confirmed dead in the Sabah earthquake.

Family and friends have described her as a bright, lively and cheerful girl. If her grades were not good, she would say the silver lining was that she had passed, said her brother Chester, 14.

The netball player was adventurous, loved the outdoors, and often helped out at her mother Lou Jin's traditional medicine clinic.

Peony also left behind her one- year-old sister, Felicia, whom she doted on and often took to the playground.

"She was very loving, very helpful," said Mr Wee, a machine operator. "I will miss hearing her cheerful voice around the house."

Peony will be cremated on Thursday.

This article was first published on June 9, 2015.
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