Hundreds of people packed into a Sheffield church to remember a volunteer whose ‘joy’ touched the hearts of many.
Relatives and friends of Mandy Gold, aged 21, celebrated her life with a ceremony of music and worship following a private family funeral.
The volunteer at the city’s Antioch Community Church died with boyfriend Stephen Donnelly, 26, in a car crash as they drove home from a wedding.
Yesterday she was remembered as a dedicated Christian who loved sharing her faith and ‘always had a smile on her face’.
A slideshow of photographs was shown to the congregation at Hope City Church, showing Mandy as she grew up from a shyly smiling schoolgirl to her more recent birthdays. Her older brother Tim Gold said: “Despite her small stature Mandy had a very large existence.
“Aside from her obvious beauty Mandy had a lot of talents - it is quite astounding.
“From the messages people have sent it was very obvious that the joy that Mandy had impacted on a lot of people’s hearts.”
Loved ones paid tribute with poems and spoke of how caring Mandy, of Harthill near Sheffield, had recently leapt into action to comfort a woman whose husband suffered a fit in a coffee shop.
One friend added: “If you were with Mandy you felt like the most important person in the world.”
Mandy and Stephen - an associate pastor at Antioch who was living in Treeton, Rotherham - had been dating for almost a year and planned to get married.
They were killed in a three-car collision on June 22 on the A14 near Naseby, Northamptonshire.
Mandy’s sister Candice read from a presentation Mandy made for her and Stephen’s anniversary. It told the story of how they met and how Mandy was thinking about the next chapter of their life together.
The last line written by Mandy said: “I’m so looking forward to spending it with you in a faraway land.”
A man will appear in court today charged with causing Mandy and Stephen’s death by dangerous driving and driving after consuming excess alcohol.