Ipswich: Fianc�’s perfect pink farewell to his unforgettable Michelle

IPSWICH: Michelle Emeny turned heads during her short life – and the popular 21-year-old did so again when she was brought to her funeral in a bright pink hearse.

More than 120 school friends, colleagues and family members flocked to say their heartfelt goodbyes at the service at Ipswich Crematorium on Friday.

Dad Trevor Emeny said the congregation resembled a “sea of bright colours” who had gathered for a “lovely tribute” to his daughter, who died after succumbing to illness.

In his last gift to the “love of his life”, Michelle’s fianc�, Jude Bolton, ensured she had a stylish send-off, organising the pink hearse to come from London.

“Pink was her favourite colour,” said the 36-year-old, of Knutsford Close. “I wanted to do one last thing for her.

“She was everything to me, I miss her so much.”

The treasured daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend lost her life-long battle with asthma on Christmas Eve.

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Surrounded by her devastated family, she slipped peacefully away after being admitted into intensive care.

At her funeral, mourners fought back tears as the former Copleston High School student’s favourite songs – Katy Perry’s Fireworks, Cheryl Cole’s Fight for this Love and DJ Sammy’s Heaven – rang out.

Michelle’s mum Karen Lower of Pinewood, Ipswich, said: “It was a really nice day, a lovely tribute.” Mr Emeny added: “Everybody wore really bright colours. When I saw so many people there I was lost for words.

“It is a huge support to me, Michelle’s mum and brother.

“She was a lovely girl and in her own right left a mark on everybody she knew.”

Speaking to the congregation, Mr Emeny said: “It is now time for me to say goodbye to Michelle.

“I loved you with everything I had and know that you loved me, too.

“In my mind and heart you will live forever. I promise you I will do my best to look after the things you loved the most – your mum, Dan and Jude.

“Goodbye darling, I love you very much.”

A collection was held at the service to raise money for Ipswich Hospital’s critical care unit and charity Asthma Research UK in Michelle’s memory.

The money will be added add to the �1,500 the family have already raised.

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