Fans from around the world have taken to social media to remember and pay tribute to Australia’s favourite great-grandmother, Daffy of Daffy’s Wise Words, after her passing on Sunday.
Known for her videos, recipes, words of wisdom and world views published online by granddaughter Melissa, Daffy – or Daphne Pearl Therese Mary Veronica – died peacefully at home on Sunday afternoon surrounded by family.
“She fought til the end, but unfortunately, her mind far outlived her body,” Melissa wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
One of Daffy and Melissa’s videos captures Daffy’s experience of World War II in her hometown of Bundarra, NSW and other childhood memories.
Melissa thanked Daffy’s followers for avidly supporting her presence on social media for the last two years and said Daffy wouldn’t have wanted them to be sad over her death.
“You gave her a purpose and she has certainly left her presence on this earth, which is all she ever wanted,” Melissa wrote.
“Daffy said please don’t be sad and let’s think of it as a celebration of [her] life.”
Two-time Australian Big Brother winner, Reggie Bird, wrote “Thank you Melissa for sharing your beautiful funny videos over the past couple of years. Absolutely loved Daffy. RIP Daffy’s Wise Words.”
“Sending you all lots of love during this very sad time Melissa. Rest in peace beautiful lady we will all certainly miss Daffy and her wise words each day. Thinking of you all,” wrote Australian X Factor runner-up, Jason Owen.
Daffy was 95.