Family and friends of a 23-year-old mum who died suddenly have gathered to pay their final respects to a “beautiful, bubbly girl”.
Sinead Lowry was found unresponsive in a Preston home and a murder investigation was launched, but later dropped.
On Thursday, crowds turned out to the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Ribbleton to say goodbye to Sinead, described as the “life and soul of the party”.
A horse-drawn hearse brought the coffin to the church, adorned with a white cross of flowers.
White flowers spelt out the young mum’s name, and friends wore pink T-shirts with the words “RIP Sinead Lowry” and “Rest in paradise”.
A bagpiper played as the coffin was carried into the church.
Irene O’Rourke, Sinead’s aunt, paid an emotional tribute to her niece, describing her as a “party girl”.
She said: “Our Sinead was a beautiful, bubbly girl.
“She only got to live for a short time and she has left behind a lot of broken hearts, most of all her little girl.
“Sinead loved her little girl more than anything, and she will always live on in Sharna.
“She was taken too soon, she had so much to give.
“Sinead was a party girl and lived life to the full, she didn’t want to waste any minute of it.”
“With her sister Rozie, they were more like twins. If you took one on, you took them both on.
“She was the life and soul of the party and none of our lives will ever be the same again.”