ROS Tyrrell was given a fitting tribute when her coffin was taken to Cowbit church for her funeral on Thursday.
Ros (53), who died six years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer, had told her family she wanted to be taken to church on a trailer pulled by her father’s old grey Fergie and driven by family friend Willy Chatterton.
The coffin was surrounded with flowers and on the back of the trailer was a pair of green wellies made out of flowers and foliage, again at Ros’s request.
The family walked to church behind the trailer.
“That’s what she wanted,” said husband Trevor, “and if that’s what she wanted you can’t do anything else.”
Ros was very much involved in the family’s farming concern at Backgate, Cowbit, organising the day-to-day running of the farm and cropping flowers.
Trevor said: “If anything needed to be done Ros was there, as well as looking after the home, looking after three kids and feeding us all.”
Trevor as well as Ros’s children William, Sam and Christina were with her during the time she spent at Johnson Community Hospital’s Tulip Suite in her final days, and Trevor said: “The care there was fantastic and we’d like to thank them because the staff earn every penny they get.
“They looked after Ros impeccably and they looked after us. Two of the staff members came to the funeral.”
The church was filled to capacity for the funeral, with up to 100 people standing outside, and over £1,000 was collected, to be split between the Tulip Suite and Macmillan Cancer Support.