Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their final respects at the funeral of tragic tot Libby-Jayne Hornsby, described as an “angel who touched the hearts of many.”
About 200 family members, friends and well-wishers attended St Peter’s Church in Conisbrough to say goodbye to the two-year-old, who lost her life after a house fire.
Floral tributes spelled out her name on the hearse, alongside dozens of poignant notes of condolence.
Some mourners wore purple and lilac, believed to be Libby-Jayne’s favourite colour.
Reverend Alan Griffiths, leading the service, said: “She touched the hearts of many, like only an angel can.”
The service heard how Libby-Jayne was a popular member of a toddler’s group at the church, who sang with “wonderful joy.”
Mourners then sang a favourite hymn of her’s ‘Our God is a Great Big God’.
Rev Griffiths described some of Libby-Jayne’s favourite places, telling the congregation she loved to see the animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The tot also looked forward to trips to Pizza Hut, while looking at the plants and flowers at garden centres was also a treat.
The service heard how Libby-Jayne’s favourite film was Toy Story and she adored playing with her Barbie Dolls.
Rev Griffiths said the little girl had an “entertaining and refreshing sense of adventure.
“A little girl who, with her ginger hair, bright blue eyes and her pleasant smile, even a cheeky little look, would make anyone feel good in her world. She would bring a smile to anyone’s face.”
He added: “Libby-Jayne loved every experience that her life gave her. In such a young life there are so many cherished and treasured memories.
“We remember her smiling face, infectious laughter and her delight at being with her family.”
He continued that Libby-Jayne adored her brother Dylan and mum Kelly, while loved being up on the shoulders of dad Neil.
In the days after the tragedy, mum Kelly Hambrey described her daughter as a “perfect little girl.”
Her father Neil Hornsby said: “She was always full of life and fun.”
A private burial followed the service. Donations were made in lieu of flowers to the fire service and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Since the tragedy, the whole community has rallied round to help the devastated family.
Well-wishers have raised hundreds of pounds for the family through collections at pubs and local shops.
The village church has been inviting donations, while collections have also taken place at Sainsburys supermarket, The Alma public house, Buttercups florist, and Waites warehouse.
Libby-Jayne died in hospital after firefighters pulled her from a blaze at her home on Don Street, Conisbrough, at 7.45pm on October 17.
An inquest into her death has been opened and adjourned.
Fire investigators said early indications showed the fire, which took hold of bedding in the main bedroom, started accidentally.
Firefighters revealed the house was not fitted with a smoke alarm and they have urged residents to install them.