Our terrible loss -- 'Goodbye beautiful angel'

Tweed mum Kylie Iskov was laid to rest yesterday. It was a sad, hard day for the huge number of friends and family who attended, writes NEELIMA CHOAHAN "OUR hearts must not be troubled, trust in God still."

With these words Father John Darbyshire sought to console the family and friends still reeling with the sudden death of Tweed resident Kylie Petrina Iskov.

More than 200 mourners gathered yesterday at the St Joseph's Catholic Church in Tweed Heads to bid a last goodbye to their "beautiful angel" who died last week near Mooball after the car she was travelling in crashed into a tree.

The ceremony which lasted just under an hour included tributes by her three sisters, children and members of her extended family as well as a video presentation of her life.

Her mother, Pam Nay, filed in first, supported by her husband Robert, grief clearly etched upon her face.

A sense of disbelief hung over the proceedings and tears started flowing even before the first hymn was sung.

As if sensing that, in his homily Father Darbyshire urged people to have faith in God.

"If we didn't have that faith, where are we going?" Chocking back their tears and at times unable to go on, Mrs Iskov's three sisters drew a picture of a warm and loving mother devoted to her children. A woman in her prime planning for her future.

Eldest sister Tania Wilkinson described her as a kind and loyal person who gave without expecting anything in return.

"Kylie taught the children the joy of giving," Mrs Wilkinson said.

Her nephew said she had been there for them when they had been young.

"Wish we had been there for you when you needed us the most," he said.

Youngest sister Tamara Hegedus talked about her losing her "best friend" with whom she had spent many pleasurable hours drinking coffee or just shopping, while the middle sister Kimberley Kritzinger said the family was left distraught by the loss.

"With each step I take, I know you will never take another," Mrs Kritzinger said. "She will never get to touch her children or tuck them into bed at night."

And it was the sight of the three children, Hollie, Dane and Tia saying their last goodbye to their mum, that brought a fresh round of tears from the heart-broken family and friends.

Supported by aunts, Hollie read a final tribute to her mother: "We have lost our Mummy before she was old. Her heart stopped beating when it turned to gold. We feel her arms around us as she draws us near. Then, she so gently, wipes away all our tears. We love you Mum. You are our Special Angel now."

When the beautiful white coffin laden with flowers was carried out, Mrs Iskov's son Dane followed, crying uncontrollably.

Students from St Josephs School, Tweed Heads, lined the street on both sides, bowing their heads in respect as the hearse passed by.

The solemn crowd stood silently, some offering condolences to the family, while others just contemplated upon a beautiful life cut short.

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