A MOTHER has paid a heart-breaking tribute to her ‘beautiful’ five-year-old daughter who died suddenly.
Ellie-Jo Ellesmere, of Ashfield Road, Ellesmere Port, died at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Friday, March 19, after a four day illness.
Her mother Joanne Ellesmere has spoken of her devastation at losing Ellie-Jo, who attended reception class at Cambridge Road Community Primary School.
In a tribute, Miss Ellesmere, who also has a younger daughter, said: “My beautiful daughter, taken prematurely to a place where the angels sing and dance.
“You will never be forgotten, nor leave my mind, body and soul.
“I wish you all the happiness and love in the world and my love for you will never fade.
“The time we had together was the best time of my life and I’m the proudest mum on earth to call you mine.
“Please come and find me, I will be here waiting. Sleep well and have lots of fun with your angel friends.
“I love you baby, mummy”
Cambridge Road headteacher Gill Lloyd said her tragic death has left staff reeling.
She said: “Her death shocked and saddened the whole school. She will be sorely missed by staff and pupils alike”
Mrs Lloyd said the popular class mate would be remembered as a ‘very happy little girl’ with a circle of good friends who loved dressing-up and dancing to her favourite pop songs.
She added: “Ellie-Jo had a vibrant imagination and loved writing letters, especially to her mum and much-loved younger sister.
“Most of all, we will remember her for that smile – a smile that could always light up the room,”
Pupils have drawn pictures and written poems celebrating Ellie-Jo’s life, which have been used to decorate a ‘memory tree’ in the Early Years playground.
Pink and white paper chains and bows also hang from the branches.
Ellie-Jo’s funeral takes place today at Blacon Crematorium.