POIGNANT tributes have been paid to an Omagh woman whose tragic death came during a trip home to celebrate the birthdays of her father and niece.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral Mass of Emma Jane Doran from Lammy Crescent on Wednesday morning.
Emma was a recruitment officer based in Newcastle. She died suddenly on Sunday afternoon while out socialising with family in Omagh for Father’s Day.
Mourners heard Emma’s sister, Jacqueline Dolan, describe her as someone whose life was “all about love”.
The love she gave us and the love we gave her,” added Jacqueline.
“Although we are heartbroken, that is what we will remember and hold on to.
“Emma truly loved Alan, her partner for the last 13 years and our heart goes out to you. She loved her friends, she loved her job working in recruitment.
“We are so thankful that last weekend she arrived home to celebrate her niece Emily’s 21st birthday and daddy’s birthday. We are so lucky to have got to spend time together, and that time is something which we will always treasure.
“Even though she was away from home, she was such a huge part of all our lives.
“If she wasn’t with us herself at whatever event was going on, you could be sure that it wouldn’t be long before she was Facetiming, chatting to us, smiling and laughing because she never liked to miss out if we were all together.
“As an auntie, Emma was always in the middle of the younger members of the family, her nieces and nephews.
“They loved her, she was so interested in every one of them and they loved spending time with her. Auntie Emma was such fun and there was always laughter and happiness around her.
“Emma was our baby sister, good hearted and good-natured.”
Mrs Dolan went on to describe her sister as ‘fiercely loyal and caring’ and spoke of how grateful her family were for the love and support that she had been given by her partner, Alan Davidson, and his family. In his homily, the parish priest of Drumragh Parish, Fr Eugene Hasson, said the desolation caused by Emma’s death was clear and had led to inevitable and anguished questions of ‘why?’
Emma Jane was pre-deceased seven years ago by her mother, Liz, and is survived by her father, Leo, partner, Alan Davidson, sisters Jacqueline Dolan, Catherine Masterson, Jennifer Masterson, Julie Bradley, Lisa Neil, Edel Sweeney and Kerry Campbell and her brothers John, Stefan, Leon and Paul.