Sad farewell to tragic showjumper from Padiham who died in her sleep (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Sad farewell to tragic showjumper from Padiham who died in her sleep
A PROMISING showjumper from Padiham was carried by a horse-drawn hearse to her funeral yesterday.
Laura Ferguson, 26, was described as a ‘caring angel’ at All Saints with St John Church, in Padiham Road, Burnley.
Hundreds of friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Laura, who won a gold medal for England at a pony jumping competition in Northern Ireland.
The care support worker’s coffin, which was covered in red roses and baby’s breath, was drawn by two black horses with decorative black plumes on their heads.
Inside the church, a floral horseshoe made with red and white carnations sat atop the altar.
After losing her mother Anne five years ago, Laura had battled with anorexia. However she had delighted her family with an apparent recovery, until her dad Joe, 59, was unable to wake her one morning last month.
Speaking of the family's loss, Laura’s uncle Chris Scott said: “Cards, kind words, and flowers have overwhelmed Joe and the rest of the family. I would just like to say thank you to you all."
Mr Scott told the packed church about his memories of the arrival of baby Laura in late December.
He said: “She was a late Christmas present for Joe and Anne. She was always a special little girl whose smile could light up the room like an angel.
“But she had a spice of devilment in her too. She had a love of pranks, such as loosening the top of the salt before her grandma sat down to the Sunday dinner.
“She also terrorised Sunny Bank Primary School. She was always forgiven, because that smile came to her rescue.
“Laura was lucky to have a job she loved — she couldn’t wait to see her patients each day. It was just like her to choose a job in which she cared for others. She was a wonderful, caring girl who would do anything for anybody. After losing her mother, she battled with some demons. Just when she appeared to be over the worst of it, she was cruelly taken from us.”
Herdeath comes less than five years after her mum Anne passed away at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack in the bath on Christmas Day.
Mr Ferguson, 59, who shared his Norfolk Avenue home with Laura, had been planning a holiday with his daughter this month before her death.
Following her death, countless tributes were paid on Facebook for the former Ivy Bank High School pupil.
Mr Scott added: “So many of you have said on Facebook how wonderful she was. It adds to the sense of how treasured and well loved she was by all.”
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