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'You've left a hole that cannot be filled': Last goodbyes to inspirational Isabella Lyttle

By Megan Archer | Walsall | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Mourners gave heartfelt tributes at the funeral of young Isabella who had fought cancer.

Family and friends have said their heartfelt goodbyes to 'beautiful' and 'courageous' Isabella Lyttle.

Mourners spilled out of St Francis of Assisi Church yesterday, as scores of family, friends, classmates and loved ones came to say their goodbyes to Isabella at her funeral.

Isabella was 11 when she died

The brave schoolgirl from Walsall died on April 28 at the age of 11 after battling a form of cancer called neuroblastoma since October 2010.

Pink and purple ribbons – Isabella's favourite colours – were tied to lampposts, stuck on hedges, and fixed to fences all along Mill Road, in Shelfield, on the day of the service.

St Francis Catholic Primary, Isabella's former school, closed for the day so her teachers and friends could attend.

Emotions ran high on the day

Close friends and family members, all dressed in pink and purple colours, shared their happiest memories of the youngster during an emotional service.

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Her father, Mark Lyttle, said his daughter gave him 'the best job in the world'.

Isabella's parents Mark Lyttle and Jennie Dalton

"Isabella, you are and always will be my inspiration," he said.

"You completed us. You've left a hole that cannot be filled, and me and your mom are at the bottom of it wondering how on earth we're ever getting out but we will find our way out.

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Isabella's parents Mark Lyttle and Jennie Dalton walk down Mill Street after her funeral

"Your cool, calm, collected way of dealing with things and above all else your refusal to ever give up will, and I do promise you this, help us to build a ladder and climb out or grab the rope that you'll somehow get down to us and fight with all our strength to carry on.

"You bring me so much joy. Thank you for giving me the best job in the world, being your dad."

The packed church for the funeral

Isabella's godmother Louise Chorley read out a tribute to Isabella on behalf of her mother Jennie Dalton. She said she did not know how she would live without her 'beautiful best friend'.

"My arms and my heart feel so empty. What I'd give for just one more night of laying in bed next to you, tickling your back for hours on end as you drift off to sleep.

"One more night of watching endless re-runs of American teen sitcoms on Nickelodeon and making your favourite meals.

Mourners gathered outside the church

"What I'd give to watch you join your friends in secondary school. You only managed a few days in September but you were so proud of yourself.

"I don't know how just yet but given time when I've allowed myself to grieve I will ensure your legacy, your kindness, your humility lives on everyday.

Many mourners gathered outside the church as the service was held

"Thank you for making me the person I am today and thank you for teaching me what's important in life."

A burial in Streetly followed the funeral, before a gathering at Calderfields – Isabella's favourite place to go for a carvery.

  • Isabella's family is fundraising to support Acorn's in Walsall. To read their thoughts on the work of staff at the charity and to donate please visit this link.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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