Belfast Telegraph

Tragic bride-to-be Lindsey Coulter buried in dress she would have worn on her wedding day

By Angela Rainey

A bride-to-be who died suddenly after a gym session has been buried in the wedding gown that her fiance never got to see her walk down the aisle in.

Nurse Lindsey Coulter from Fivemiletown in Co Fermanagh collapsed after running on a treadmill. She had been getting fit for her wedding in October.

Those who knew and loved Ms Coulter (27) said their final farewells earlier this week at her funeral at St John's Church in Fivemiletown where she was due to be married.

Friends described her as a "bubbly brunette", and "a beautiful angel who was very caring" and say she had finalised her wedding plans - her gown had been bought and the reception booked at Kilmore Hotel in Cavan.

They added that Ms Coulter was looking forward to tying the knot with childhood sweetheart Brian Ellison "who was her life and who she loved very much".

They had been besotted with each other since the pair met on the school bus and she was overjoyed when Brian popped the question on his birthday in April last year. The couple had planned to celebrate his 30th with a party this Saturday.

Residents of the small town said they were stunned by the news as she had not been in obvious ill-health.

Her only sibling, older sister Alison Little (29), said the two were extremely close and she had planned to return the favour of being chief bridesmaid at the wedding as Lindsey had been at hers. "She was never cross and was always in good humour," Mrs Little said.

"She just lit up the room.

"All she ever wanted was Brian. Her death was such a shock."

Ms Coulter was a fan of country music and loved to dance. She had also completed a cookery course at Fermanagh College and had worked at the Lough Erne Golf Club as a chef.

On the day of her untimely death she had been dancing with Brian to Mike Denver's Oklahoma Home before saying she was off to the gym, telling him she'd be back to watch Emmerdale, one of her favourite soaps.

Ms Coulter's family say it was her caring nature that bowled people over and that she loved looking after people through her job as a community nurse with Southern Area Health Trust, attending to patients in Fivemiletown, Clabby and Tempo.

"Her mum and dad are devastated," Mrs Little said.

"She was the more devilish of the two of us and she made them laugh and cry. She was always making us laugh, always smiling.

"She will be missed by us all. We have been blessed to know her and she will be in our hearts forever."

Tributes have poured in online.

Friend and business owner Stacey Granleese from Maguiresbridge posted: "Today we laid to rest a beautiful angel Lindsey Coulter, and my goodness she got the send-off she truly deserved.

"Not only were you a close friend to me, but you were there when I needed you most, and never a cross word did we have.

"Thanks for all the memories you have given me - I will never forget them. We will all be thinking of Brian, Heather, Morris, Alison, Jonny and the entire family and your circle of friends through this tough time, love and miss you so much. Rest in peace pet xxxxx."

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