R.I.P. Miree New 15.6.1959 - 16.2.2011

Miree New arrived with her family in Indonesia in early 2000. It didn’t take Miree long to fall in love with Indonesia. In her first few years in Jakarta she worked for a travel company and took clients on excursions in Kalimantan to see the orangutan habitats. In 2003 she joined Santa Fe where she spent the remaining years of her life, assisting newcomers to Jakarta to settle in. On the 16th February 2011, whilst Miree was in hospital diagnosed with Typhoid, she suddenly developed an onset of complications and which quickly claimed her life. During her life and her time in Indonesia, Miree’s devotion to her family and friends, her willingness to help her friends in need, give advice and support when needed, touched the lives of so many. She loved Indonesia and its people and it fitting that this is where she left us. Her presence will be missed dearly. We will update this site once arrangements are known for her farewell wake. Do feel free to leave your messages to Miree and condolences for her family here. Email to mireefamily@gmail.com to submit a letter.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Dear All - Miree's Farewell Wake will be held at 6:30pm Tuesday 22nd February at Mad Dogs @ Cilandak Commercial Estate, Jl Raya Cilandak KKO. Alistair, Cameron, Stephanie and Shannon will be there. All welcome.
Please wear bright and fun colours as we celebrate Miree's life!
Please RSVP here under comments.

Thursday, February 17, 2011



Letter From WhatsNewJakarta.com Team

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies Miree's families. We are so sad to hear about this sudden great lost, she was such a wonderful woman.

We’re honored and have the pleasure to know her personally, and we have a great respect for her. And we will miss her dearly, especially her great helps, her generous nature, and her remarkable sense of humor.

Please, let us know whether there is anything we can do to help during this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. 


Letter From Rob and Nadira Doddemeade

Dearest Miree, your warmth, love, kindness and generosity touched the lives of so many as you gave back so much to our community. Your charming smile and personality will be sadly missed by all of us and you will forever be in our hearts. Rest In Peace Sweetpea Miree and our deepest sympathy and condolences to family and loved ones. God Bless. Rob and Nadira Doddemeade.


Dear All,

Alistair, Cameron and Stephanie will be arriving in Jakarta sometime over the weekend. They will attend a small private cremation service after they arrive. A farewell wake will be organised and we will post details of this when known. In the meantime you are welcome to send flowers to the funeral home where she is -

For Miree New
C/- Rumah Duka - Harapan Kita. Jl. Jend. S.Parman Kav.87 , Slipi Jakarta 11420 - Indonesia Telp.+62 21 5668284



St Patrick's Society mourns the loss of Miree New

The passing of a lovely lady.
It was with great sadness that we in the St Patrick's Society of Jakarta learned today 16th February 2011, of the sudden death of our wonderfully energetic committee member and dear friend, Ms Miree New.  On behalf of St Patrick's we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to her three children Shannon, Cameron and Stephanie as well as to her parents and to the other members of her family. 
Miree had a great many friends and hundreds of acquaintances in Jakarta. She was universally regarded with respect and affection as she had a great heart and got involved enthusiastically in many charitable societies. She had a larger than life personality and was great fun. Even during the past few months when she had not been well, Miree efficiently and tirelessly helped to organise many functions for us in St Patrick's and for other societies ultimately benefiting Jakarta's less fortunate people. 
While Miree was a proud New Zealander, she often spoke of her Irish ancestors, the Keeleys of Waterford. We were blessed that she had that special affection.    
As we say in Ireland:  
Imithe ar aghaidh uainn - we will not see her likes again.

Mary Jane O'Brien,
President St Patrick's Society Jakarta.