Mourners mark tragic Ellie's farewell

MORE than 100 friends and family of a grieving Ipswich couple bid an emotional farewell to their tragic daughter.Mourners attended a moving service celebrating the short but full life of little Ellie Parsons, who died suddenly last month of meningococcal septicemia just days before her first birthday.

IPSWICH: More than 100 friends and family of a grieving Ipswich couple bid an emotional farewell to their tragic daughter.

Mourners attended a moving service celebrating the short but full life of little Ellie Parsons, who died suddenly last month of meningococcal septicemia just days before her first birthday.

Kirsty Ludlow and Daren Parsons yesterday faced every parent's worst fear at St Augustine's Church, in Felixstowe Road, by laying their beloved daughter to rest.

The church resonated with the sound of stirring hymns and songs as the coffin carrying the 11-month-old arrived.

Canon Lionel Simpkins led the service and read tributes from family members who remembered Ellie as a smiling loving child.

The tributes included a sensitive verse from Ms Ludlow and Mr Parsons, which included the words: “You were the pride of our hearts. Perhaps you were simply too good for this life. But your life needed no further testament than all the good you had already done.

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“We will cherish all the precious moments you lovingly created in our lives. Goodnight our little angel.”

The service ended with a selection of Ellie's favourite Disney songs, before the hearse carrying her tiny coffin departed to the Millennium Cemetery, in Tuddenham Road.

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