Funeral of Burnley girl Jaime (4) who lost cancer battle

The funeral procession of Jaime Ella Howarth makes its way to church. A271011/3b
The funeral procession of Jaime Ella Howarth makes its way to church. A271011/3b

A LITTLE angel who brought brightness to all who met her was given a colourful send-off at her funeral.

Friends and family wiped away tears as they said goodbye to Jaime Ella Howarth, who died aged four from cancer, at a packed church service.

Mourners at All Saints with St John the Baptist Church, Habergham, listened to the opening song of “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You”, recorded for the Poppy Appeal, as Jaime Ella’s white coffin was led into church.

A horse-drawn carriage had taken Jaime from her home in Barry Street, Burnley, to the church.

Poems Tiny Angel, My Mum Tells Lies and I’ve Not Turned My Back On You were read as well as a personal tribute from Jaime’s auntie Leigh, who described her as an inspiration and a girl with a big imagination.

She talked about Jaime painting rainbows in the sky and that raindrops were the tears of angels crying from laughing with Jaime.

Jaime was only diagnosed at Christmas with an inoperable brain tumour, but her bubbly and positive attitude to life touched the hearts of all who knew her.

Her mum Terri, who had given up her job to look after her, was due to take the princess-mad youngster to Euro Disney after Burnley folk raised money for the trip, but sadly Jaime’s condition worsened and she was unable to go.

She died in Derian House Children’s Hospice, Chorley, on October 17th, and a retiring collection will go to the hospice.

Everyone was asked to wear pink or purple, Jaime’s favourite colours, to the funeral.

Jaime had just started attending Ightenhill Primary School in September but previously enjoyed her time at Ightenhill Nursery.

The hymn “All Things Bright And Beautiful” was sung before Jaime’s coffin was carried out of church to Butterfly Fly Away by Miley Cyrus. She was laid to rest at Burnley Cemetery.

Terri, who is expecting a baby in the new year, said in the funeral programme that: “The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for all of the prayers, cards and support they have received from so many people.”