Enniskillen woman laid to rest after sudden death
Mourners at the funeral of a young mother-of-four who died just before Christmas have heard how life isn't "always tinsel and glitter".
Carolyn Hicks, from Co Fermanagh, died suddenly on Saturday.
A funeral service for the mother, who was in her 30s, took place at St Michael's Church in Enniskillen yesterday.
Monsignor Peter O'Reilly, parish priest in the town, described how it was a "sad occasion" for the family.
Addressing her children, who were seated in the front row next to a Christmas tree, Mgr O'Reilly said: "This is a sad occasion and it affects all of us.
"Your teachers are here and other school staff have attended the funeral service. Your dad Liam and granny are also present.
"Liam - we are all touched by what has happened. Life isn't all tinsel and glitter at this time of year, it's not all sweetness and light. There are sorrows that get in the way. The good memories we have of her may be a blessing to us.
"Give her peace and healing and take away her pain and help those who are suffering in any way, especially in mind."
Carolyn's son and daughters, who wore black bows in their hair, helped their dad in the offertory procession to bring gifts of bread and wine to the altar.
She was later buried in Cross Cemetery in Enniskillen.
She was one of three sudden deaths in the local area over the Christmas period following the passing of father-of-two Niall McManus (50) and 27-year-old father-of-one Christopher Masterson.
Mr McManus was found dead at his home in Cornagrade on Thursday, December 21. Police investigated the circumstances surrounding his death, and a post-mortem examination revealed he died of natural causes.
A funeral mass was held at St Michael's Church for Mr Masterson, who died on Christmas Eve.