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Heart attack mum (27) was life and soul of every party, says her sister

Hollie McCutcheon with partner Chris and son Nathan
Hollie McCutcheon with partner Chris and son Nathan
With sister Hannah
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

The family of a 27-year-old mum who died of a heart attack have paid a moving tribute to her.

Hollie McCutcheon's funeral will take place today after she passed away suddenly on Saturday morning.

She lived in the Ballysillan area of north Belfast, was employed as a care worker at Quality Care Services Ltd and previously attended the Belfast Model School for Girls.

Hollie leaves behind a seven-year-old son, Nathan, partner Chris, mother and father Janet and Leslie, sister Hannah and brother Andrew.

Her sister said the death had been a "terrible shock for the whole family".

"We just can't seem to get our head around it," she added.

"We're up and down. The house has been full, with hundreds of people coming and going. When they leave, that's when it's the hardest.

"In the mornings and the evenings, that's when it really starts to sink in what has happened.

"My parents just can't get over it - it has been such a huge shock to them."

Hannah said Hollie lived for her son and partner.

"She would have done anything for anyone. That was just the kind of her - always putting everybody else's needs before her own," she added.

"Her and Chris did everything together - they were very, very close."

She also described Hollie as the "life and soul of every party".

"She was just fun and bubbly and really enjoyed life," Hannah said.

"She enjoyed her job and family. Hollie had her whole life ahead of her."

Hannah acknowledged that what had happened would really sink in after the funeral.

"We're dreading it, saying that last goodbye to her," she explained.

Chris said Nathan was struggling to understand what had happened.

"He's only seven and there are so many people around him," he added. "We've spoken to him to try and explain, but he doesn't understand properly. We'll get through the funeral and take things from there."

The family have lined up a number of poignant tributes for Hollie's funeral.

A friend is planning to do a slideshow of pictures from throughout her life, while her workmates will attend in their uniform, forming a guard of honour at the church.

Family friend Jim Weir will also sing a song for Hollie at the service.

"We have quite a few things happening on the day - there's quite a lot going on," Hannah said.

"At the crematorium we will play a few songs and I'm going to say a few words for her."

Hollie's funeral service will take place at St Matthew's Church in Woodvale at 1.30pm, continuing on to Roselawn Crematorium at 3.30pm.

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