Tributes paid to 'sparkling' East Hunstpill mum
PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 October 2010 | UPDATED: 10:24 28 October 2010
A PACKED funeral service last week saw emotional tributes paid to a 'caring and warm-hearted' school worker who died suddenly earlier this month.
Clare Lovell was rushed to Weston General Hospital from her East Huntspill home on the evening of October 4, but died of a stroke.
So many mourners went to pay their respects to the 43-year-old at the Chapel Allerton church service, that loudspeakers were set up for people to hear outside, and several people had to sit on the church steps.
Reverend Geoffrey Allerton, who took the funeral service, said: “We were expecting a lot of people but I think around 300 showed up for the service in the end.
“There were so many people some were sat on the altar steps while there were a lot outside listening on the loudspeakers.”
Dick Edwards of Hugh Sexey and Sally Edwards of East Huntspill School, who taught Mrs Lovell’s 12-year-old daughter Hannah, both read out tributes at the service.
Rev Allerton described Mrs Lovell, who had also worked as a matron at Mark College, as ‘sparkling like a diamond’ in his service.
He said: “The light that Clare brought will live on in all our lives through what she did for us and meant to us.”
Speaking of the tributes paid to her by her friends and family, he added: “It’s like we’ve been seeing Clare from all different directions, different sides, and like a diamond, she’s been shining out from so many different facets.”
In her tribute, Mrs Edwards said: “She could easily bring a smile to my face with a quick comment or a big grin, when I met her in the playground after a hectic afternoon.
“Hannah’s qualities as a student were matched only by Clare’s qualities as a mum. From the point of view of a teacher Clare was in many ways a dream parent. She genuinely wanted Hannah to achieve as much as possible.”