There were emotional scenes at Ballymacormack Cemetery this afternoon as 10-year-old Jessica Jeeti and her mother Pat were laid to rest.
The two members of the Jeeti family died in a horrific car crash on June 28 last alongside Pat’s two friends Princess-Queenent Amenaghawon Olige-esezobor and Fanny Oraweme Akenbor.
During the homily at the Funeral Service in St Mel’s Cathedral Centre this morning, Fr Brendan O’Sullivan - who was assisted by Fr Paul Kangkai - said, “Our hearts are heavy but our faith is strong”.
“May the Lord bless you and take care of you; may the Lord be gracious to you; may the Lord look upon you with favour and given you peace,” he told Jessica and Pat’s heartbroken family - “the grieving family left behind”.
The local Parish Priest went on to speak about the “devastating blow” suffered by the entire community in Longford town, when the events on the N4 near Mullingar on June 28 last began to unfold.
“We gather with you in love, friendship and solidarity and in prayer as we come to bid farewell to Pat and Jessica today,” he added. “A loving wife and mother who kept the house in order. A lovely spirit filled Jessica; a beautiful sister and classmate to all of you - her school family at Gaelscoil, Longfoirt. Jessica was part of the school choir which you hear singing here today. She had a beautiful voice and I had the privilege to baptize Jessica and to give her the bread of life on her First Communion Day. We are here to celebrate your life and how much it is worth. It has been a privilege to know you Pat and Jessica.”
In conclusion, Pat’s son Jeffrey paid tribute to his mother. “My mom was one of the greatest women I knew,” he said sadly. “I loved her so much and will miss her forever.”
Pat and Jessica are survived by their loving family Jim, Jeffrey, Jamie and Jack, May they Rest in Peace.