Hundreds of people turned out today to celebrate the life of much-loved mum and school worker Lisa Kelly.
The 35-year-old died on March 15 after collapsing in the car park at Bamburgh School, in South Shields, where she worked.
She was airlifted to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary but could not be saved.
A service was held at South Tyneside Crematorium today to remember a ‘bonny’ woman known to have a ‘smile for everybody.’
Humanist minister Ray Wood told the congregation that the popular mum-of-two from Jarrow always put others first.
In a moving eulogy, friends, family, colleagues and pupils, heard how Lisa first met her partner Gavin at Donatello’s in South Shields – with the pair later getting together after meeting again at a club in the town.
The couple went on to have their twin girls Jasmine and Scarlett Clavert.
As well as being a devoted mother, Lisa worked hard to make a difference to the lives of the young people at the school, where she worked for many years.
The school was closed for the day as a mark of respect.
Following her tragic death, headteacher Peter Nord led the tributes to Lisa, who he described as “loved by pupils, staff, parents and carers alike.”
A well-known and popular lady, Lisa’s coffin was covered in photos of her surrounded by loved ones.
White flowers were also laid in tribute to her.
Closing the service, Mr Wood encouraged those gathered to remember the good times they spent with Lisa and asked them to share a smile for her.
The congregation then listened to the song Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott, and finally Seven Years by Lukas Graham.
After the service, Lisa was laid to rest at a private family service at Jarrow Cemetery.
On leaving the crematorium, mourners were asked to make donations in lieu of flowers to local charity Community Corner.
The charity raises funds for the community in South Tyneside.
In another charitable effort in Lisa’s memory, funds are being raised by her colleague Chris Cunningham, for the Great North Air Ambulance.
On Friday, April 7, he will be riding 100 miles on a cycle trainer at the school entrance.
To donate, visit his Just Giving page: http://bit.ly/2oufJb8.