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‘Our special girl could fight no more’.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

‘Our special girl could fight no more’. thumbnail Lucy Parke’s life was filled with smiles, laughter and love. The eight-year-old passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day at her Drumlee home surrounded by her loving family.

"SMALL in stature but full of laughter, love and smiles, Lucy Parke will never be forgotten".

Drumlee's princess lost her fight for life on New Year's Day at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Lucy, the first born of David and Stephanie, was the only child in Ireland with progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes a child's body to grow old quickly. The eight-year-old had bravely faced her health battles from birth until her peaceful passing last week.

The inspirational P4 pupil at Drumadonnell Primary School was lovingly remembered by around 500 mourners at a funeral service at Drumlee Presbyterian Church last Thursday (4 January).

Many stories were told about Lucy's "short but full life" and her devoted mum Stephanie read a poem penned in memory of her "best friend and sidekick".

Sharing the news that their precious daughter had gone to be with God, Stephanie said that their "special girl could fight no more".

"Her body was weak but her heart was strong. Her love for life and wonderful smile made us proud to be her parents.

"We have lost our precious Lucy, the past year was hard and our hearts are broken and tears are flowing.

"Just photos, videos and memories left. But your life was not in vain, we know you are in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. We are so thankful for everything you have taught us, the hugs, the laughs and smiles you gave us. The last eight years have been amazing, thank you Lucy and thank you God. We will miss you every single day."


The Parke family have asked that any donations in memory of their precious daughter be made c/o Douglas Funeral Directors for organisations that were so good to Lucy throughout her life and to the NI Children's Hospice.

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