JUST 17 days ago Vicky Clayton gave birth to her second beautiful child with the prospect of years of happiness ahead.
Yesterday she was laid to rest after tragedy struck and took her life.
Vicky was celebrating her 33rd birthday and her son Bobby junior’s first birthday when she collapsed in the car park at Asda, in Hartlepool. Medics were unable to save her.
But the impact she had on so many people’s lives was clear as hundreds gathered at St Oswald’s Church, in Brougham Terrace, to pay their final respects.
Young and old heard how Vicky loved and rejoiced in life, making the unthinkable tragedy even more unfair.
One of Vicky’s favourite songs, I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith, was played as brave husband Bobby, 28, walked behind the coffin with two-and-a-half-week-old Ellie Mae in his arms.
One-year-old Bobby junior was carried in the arms of a relative, both youngsters completely unaware they will never see their mummy again.
But despite the devastating loss, yesterday’s funeral was a chance to celebrate the life of a woman “beautiful in soul as well as in body.”
Father Graeme Buttery led the service and read out the touching words of Vicky’s heartbroken husband.
“This is my way of saying goodbye, you are now with the angels up in the sky,” said the reading.
“I will tell the kids about you every single day.
“Our love will last for ever, I will love you always.”
The reading was touchingly signed off from Bobby and the kids.
Vicky, who lived with her family in Armadale Grove, in Hartlepool, had gone to Asda on Tuesday, May 15, on a shopping trip for a few items with her children and mum Elizabeth and sister Leanne.
She began to feel ill as she walked around the supermarket and was struggling to remember and had pains in her back.
Moments later, as she walked into the car park, she suddenly collapsed and despite the best efforts of paramedics who took her to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, she sadly died.
Yesterday the hundreds of family members and friends heard how Vicky lived life “for the here and now”.
Father Buttery said: “There is a saying that we are all walking backwards through life because you can only see where you have been and not where you are going.
“Perhaps it’s for the best that the future is a blank for us.
“Vicky enjoyed the here and now.
“She was a person who got on with life, she lived, loved and rejoiced in life.”
Other favourite songs of Vicky’s were played at the service including Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Deeply.
The gathering heard how Vicky, who worked at Sedgefield-based plant hire firm Kramer before leaving to have her first child, loved cars, motorbikes and getting dressed up to go out with her friends.
People also heard how she was a proud mum who cared most for the three most important things in her life, her husband Bobby and her two children.
Her horse-drawn funeral cortege passed through Church Street, in the town, after the service as it was Vicky’s favourite nightspot.
The was then buried at Stranton Grange Cemetery.