• A state funeral will be held for prominent indigenous and South Sea Islander activist Bonita Mabo. (AAP)
The widow of Edward “Koiki” Mabo died on Monday and has been remembered for her advocacy work in education and land rights.

Renowned Indigenous human rights defender and South Sea islander activist Bonita Mabo will be farewelled at a state funeral in Queensland next month.

Dr Mabo, who was in her 70s, died earlier this week.

She was widely recognised for her devoted advocacy for Indigenous education and push for the rights of Indigenous Australians and Australian South Sea Islanders.

"This state funeral will be an opportunity for everyone in our community to pay tribute to Dr Mabo, reflecting on her outstanding life and legacy," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.

'One of the greatest matriarchs’: Indigenous activist Bonita Mabo dies
She has been remembered as of the country's most influential advocates for Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders.

The funeral will be held in Townsville in December and more details will be released in the coming days.

Dr Mabo died just days after being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from James Cook University in recognition of her work.

The widow of land rights campaigner Eddie "Koiki" Mabo, she spent 10 years on the Central Queensland Land Council and co-founded Australia's first Indigenous community school, the Black Community School, in Townsville.           

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