Karla Cameron's husband puts single pink rose on coffin as tragic crash victim laid to rest
A day after Valentine's Day, a single pink rose was lovingly placed upon the coffin of road victim Karla Cameron at her graveside where her distraught husband David and family circle had gathered.
It was a fitting final gesture for Karla, who was described as "unique" and "precious".
The poignant tribute was placed on her coffin by her devoted husband after all the other lavish floral displays had been removed before she was laid to rest.
There were emotional scenes at yesterday's service of thanksgiving for the 25-year-old Sunday School teacher from Kells, Co Antrim, who died following a collision last Thursday morning at the notorious Woodgreen junction on the busy A26 Lisnevenagh Road, between Antrim and Ballymena.
Hundreds of people were at Ballee Baptist Church in Ballymena, causing the church and a nearby hall to swell to overflowing.
Her tearful husband had to be helped into the church by family members, and after carrying the coffin of his beloved wife from the building, he then reached out to touch it one last time as he walked the short journey to the nearby Ballee Cemetery.
Pastor Lawrence Kennedy said people were still in shock over the tragedy and it would take a long time to come to terms with the events on the A26.
He said: "The suddenness, swiftness, the unexpectedness of her passing has left us numbed and stunned."
However, the pastor said Karla's husband had been "borne along by your love and prayers".
Among those present were Karla's mum and dad Hazel and Charlie Redmond; her grandmother Sarah; David's mother and father Linda and Ian, and his sisters Cherith and Ruth.
The pastor expressed on behalf of all those present "deep sympathy, compassion and love" for David and the rest of the family circle.
He said the hymns they sang - Far Away The Noise Of Strife Upon My Ear and Forever With The Lord had previously been chosen by Karla.
Pastor Billy Jones also spoke at the service, saying: "These past few days have brought circumstances to all of our lives that we never imagined."
He said that in the midst of sorrow they also gave thanks to the Lord for the life and testimony of Karla.
"And what she meant to each person gathered here today. For David as his friend, companion, his wife."
Pastor Kennedy said Karla was only 25 "but her sun has gone down while it is yet day".
He said she was baptised on March 4, 2007 and was a member of the Ballee fellowship since October 10, 2010.
He added: "She proved herself faithful and an asset that will be well nigh impossible to replace.
"She was married in this very hall on December 5, 2012, and after married life she started working even more in this fellowship. She moved from the young people's committee to take up leadership with David in our Good News Club on a Monday night; she taught a Sunday School class; she worked in the creche and children's church, and was there at the Saturday night youth club."
David (26) had paid tribute to his wife earlier in the week.
He said: "She was the best wife I could ever want.
"She was a devoted Christian and she just loved working with children.
"She dedicated her life to children and to helping others.
"Karla was unique.
"You can think of the words 'superstar', 'amazing' or 'one in a million' - they all describe her. She was just perfect.
"She would have done anything for anyone."
He revealed how he held his wife's hand during her final hours in the intensive care unit of Antrim Area Hospital.
"I know Karla is in Heaven, but I feel so lonely she is not with me," he added.