“BUBBLY, mischievous and a breath of fresh air” were just some of the tributes to a much-loved young woman whose family and friends bid their final farewell yesterday.
Hundreds of people filled the crematorium to remember pretty Rastrick 23-year-old Michelle Suttle, known as Shelly, whose life was tragically cut short when she was stabbed to death earlier this month.
A horse-drawn hearse carried her coffin from her mother Barbara’s home in Gargrave Close to Huddersfield crematorium where loved ones gathered for an emotional service led by vicar of St Matthew’s Church in Rastrick, Matthew Pollard.
Songs during the service included Light Up by Leona Lewis and Halo by Beyonce.
Mr Pollard said Shelly, who had grown up in Rastrick, had been taken away by a wicked and unlawful act, and had left behind many loved ones.
He urged them to think of their happy memories of the young woman, who he said was the “baby of the family” but also a real mother hen and a devoted aunt to her niece.
He told how she once made a beer barrel into a boat and put her younger brother in it so he could float across the River Calder.
And how she used to love playing reggae music, sometimes so loud it could be heard across the Field Lane estate, and how once her mother had to take the fuse out of the stereo plug to stop the music.
She was a fan of practical jokes, he said, but no one could ever resent her because of her loving personality.
He said he could not explain why she had been taken away but said they were all lucky to have known her.
A collection was held at the service for the Domestic Violence Intervention Project.