FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO FUN-LOVING GIRL

'BEST friends forever' - that was how five of Kerry Moulds' friends signed their tribute to the teenager, a tribute read at Kerry's funeral on Monday by Dromore High School principal Mr. John Wilkinson.

Mr. Wilkinson first paid his own tribute to a "bright, top band student", while bringing to her family - Hilary, Steven, Harry, Bruce and wider family circle - the sympathy of all connected with Dromore High School - pupils, parents, staff and Governors, as well the Chief Inspector of Schools, the Education Permanent Secretary and the Minister of Education.

"The School community," he said, has been numbed and deeply affected by Kerry's passing.

"Kerry was a bright, top band student and loved by many both inside and outside the school."

Mr. Wilkinson then read the tribute penned by Kerry's friends Hannah Morrow, Am Robinson, Megan Jess, Vicky Napier and Demi-Louise Davis.

He read, "In Kerry's company, there was never a dull moment. From the laughs to the cries, those memories will stay with us forever.

"We will always remember her as the funny, lovable, caring, trustworthy, fun-loving person she was. She lit up the room with her smile, and her laugh would ring in the ears of a person forever.

"The smallest things trigger our biggest memories, but those memories will make us smile every time we think of them, and we will always remember those big brown beautiful eyes.

"Kerry had the ability to make us all feel like we were the most important people in the world, and never failed to show us how much she loved us.

"Kerry's friends would like to share with you some of their many special memories.

"Kerry was the queen of pulling different faces for different occasions. All of you who knew Kerry well would know her laughing face; she was the only person we knew who could laugh with her mouth wide open and her sharp tooth sticking out.

"A number of months ago Kerry got her tongue pierced and she quickly developed a 'lets-show-off-my-tongue-bar-face' to everybody who would watch.

"One of our favourites was when she pulled the 'feel guilty for me' face this was when she wanted to borrow our money, clothes, food etc and she used her big brown puppy dog eyes - it got us every time.

"Hilary and Steven, I'm sure you both thought that when you gave Kerry her dinner money everyday she spent it on her lunch – WRONG!. Every morning without fail before 8.45 am Kerry went to Supervalu and bought the same things everyday: coke, sensations and minstrels. Because Kerry ate these straight away by the time lunch came she was starving with no money left so whenever anyone dropped a bit of their sandwich Kerry would be straight in there like a vulture, grabbing it off the table and eating it.

"Kerry's least favourite subject due to lack of co-ordination was PE. However, our PE gang made PE more fun as it was always Kerry, Demi, Hannah, Amy and Megan over in the corner, sneaking a sun bath to top up the tan.

"In Kerry's class 10H she was the centre of all the laughter and always had her ways to cheer each person up. She had time for everyone and was a great believer in including everyone. She really did love her class and the people in it.

"Harry and Bruce, although you and Kerry had your arguments as brothers and sisters do, she always talked about you and looked up to you as role models because she loved you both.

"Steven, after the North-West, Kerry's latest quote has been to call the motor-bike van 'the vein!' This always made us laugh because we knew she only said it like that because everybody else at the north-west did.

"Hilary, Kerry was so proud of the poem she wrote about you in English she never failed to talk about it when she had the opportunity and she always let us know that she thought the world of you…. and your make-up.

"We have picked out this poem called Rainbow which we feel represented our friendship together.

If I could catch a rainbow

I would do it just for you

And share with you its beauty

On the days your feeling blue

If I could build a mountain

You could call your very own

A place to find serenity

A place to be alone.

If I could take your troubles

I would toss them in the sea

But all these things I'm finding

Are impossible for me.

I cannot build a mountain

Or catch a rainbow fair

But let me be – what I know best

A friend that's always there.

"She will always be our friend remaining in our hearts and minds and we will always be grateful for the impact she had upon our lives."

'IT IS NOT FOR YOU OR ME TO PASS JUDGEMENT ON THE WAY IN WHICH KERRY DIED' - MINISTER

IN his address at Kerry Moulds' funeral service in Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on Monday, the Rev. John Davey said it was for God alone to pass judgement on the way in which the 14 year-old died.

Kerry was indeed special, he said, but like everyone else, she had her ups and downs.

"Never more up," he said, "than when she was wheeling Bruce's motorbike on to the grid at some race meeting; never more down than when her Granny McKibbin died.

"Life presents us all with problems from time to time. Some of us overcome them and some of us are overcome by them.

"Life is full of questions. Some of us find answers which satisfy us, others have questions they never resolve.

"But God loves each and every one of us, no matter what our problems, no matter what our questions. God's love surrounds us regardless of what we have done. God loves Kerry. It is not for you or me to pass judgement on the way in which Kerry died. God alone will do that."

God's love and mercy, said Mr. Davey, were far greater than human conflicts and confusion.

"You and I," he said, "will never understand all that happened in Kerry's young life, what she was thinking about, what made her do it, but we do know that Jesus has prepared a place with him for ever for all those who name him as their Lord and Saviour.

"In the verses I read from Paul's letter to the Romans, Paul began by asking a question that has probably occupied most of our minds for the last few days: 'What can we say? What has gone wrong with the world, which God made to be perfect, that the life of such a young girl should come to such a tragic end? What can we say?'

"As you've heard, as you know, Kerry had many fine qualities - a remarkable gift for friendship, intelligent, caring (both for people and for animals).

"Her life began with severe obstructions in her bowel which led to liver failure and at one stage it was thought that she would need a liver transplant but things turned round and Kerry came through it all to be the warm human being we remember today. What are we to say?"

Most of us, when something bad happens in our life, said Mr. Davey, look for someone to blame.

"So today, " he said, "many people will be asking 'Who's to blame? Is this all God's fault? Did God abandon Kerry to her inner darkness? Or is it somehow my fault? Who's to blame?'

"Friends, that line of thinking is worse than useless. Indeed it makes things worse.

"Instead of pointing the finger, let us recognise that Kerry's death is tragic, untimely and unfortunate, but so is death from heart disease, or lung cancer, or traffic accident or as a result of war or terrorism. Death is unwelcome, whenever or however it comes.

"To help us deal with the reality of death, and Kerry's death in particular, we need to, we must, be supportive of each other and especially of Kerry's family.

"In coming days, Hilary, Harry, Bruce, Stephen and Karen, Roy and all the family circle will need our love. We must not add to their suffering by making them endure it alone.

"I pray that we all, family and friends alike, will find the strength to face tomorrow and all our tomorrows, whatever they bring. The strength that only God can give. God doesn't promise any of us a smooth journey through life, but he has promised we can have the strength to reach our destination. "Not a safe journey but a safe harbour at the end.

"To you Hilary, to Harry and Bruce, to Stephen and Karen, to Roy and the family circle and to all Kerry's many friends, my deepest sympathy."