Mourners at Natasha Carruthers funeral told of 'searing grief' over mum's death
Relatives of a young mother killed in a car crash remain "totally stunned" by her death, mourners heard yesterday.
Natasha Carruthers died in the single-vehicle collision in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, on Saturday night.
The 23-year-old from the Letterbreen area was the mother of a one-year-old girl.
Her funeral took place yesterday afternoon at Rossorry Parish Church near Enniskillen.
Addressing mourners, Canon Ian Ellis spoke of the "immense sadness and searing grief" her family were going through.
"Natasha's family today are still totally stunned by the terrible news that she lost her life in that tragic traffic accident," he told mourners. "They received that news from the PSNI in the early hours of Sunday morning, and are still in great shock and trying to come to terms with this terrible reality."
Canon Ellis referred to Natasha's young daughter, Lily-Rose, who he said would be unaware of what had happened.
He also reflected poignantly on Natasha's life, recalling how she attended Jones Memorial Primary School followed by Devenish High School.
The minister continued: "She found a job which she really enjoyed, working in the Bright Eyes animal shelter and putting to good use her great love of animals.
"In her teenage years, she liked to play the odd prank - on one occasion she decided to take her dad's car for a wee spin, however, let's just say it did not return in the way her dad had last seen it.
"It's a little cameo of her approach to life - Tasha was an outgoing, fun-loving girl who lived life to the full.
"When Natasha became a mum herself it brought her much joy, and she was a great mum to little Lily-Rose, born just over one year ago. She was a loving and caring mother to her beautiful baby girl. The great sadness is that Natasha's vibrant life ended so suddenly and tragically on Sunday morning."
Canon Ellis also urged mourners to be mindful of the fragility of life.
"I would like to send out a simple message to all young people today," he added.
"Friends are a very precious gift, you must treasure them.
"It is great to be able to live life fully and to enjoy time with friends. But remember we treasure our friends by taking care of them. Whatever we do together, wherever we go together.
"Whenever you and your friends are out for an evening, you have a responsibility to care for each other and make sure everyone is safe."
Following the service, Natasha was buried in the adjoining cemetery.