Hundreds of mourners attend funeral of M9 crash victim Lamara Bell

Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to mother-of-two Lamara Bell at her funeral today. Picture: Michael Gillen
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to mother-of-two Lamara Bell at her funeral today. Picture: Michael Gillen

Parents pay poignant tribute to mother-of-two who was laid to rest today at Falkirk Crematorium.

Crowds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to Lamara Bell who died after lying in the car she was travelling in for three days after it crashed earlier this month.

Lamara Bell will be laid to rest today at Falkirk Crematorium

Lamara Bell will be laid to rest today at Falkirk Crematorium

Lamara (25), from Camelon, lay critically injured in the car before being found, despite Police Scotland receiving a call about the incident near Stirling services on July 5. She passed away in hospital on July 12.

Her partner John Yuill (28), who was driving, is believed to have died on impact when his Renault Clio left the road. His funeral took place yesterday where hundreds also mourned at Falkirk’s St Francis Xaviers Church.

Lamara’s parents Andrew and Diane Bell said Mara – as she was known to her friends – was “our sapphire in the waterfall of life shining like a ray of light”.

They said: “Her effervescent outlook in life was sometimes out of this world; one of her favourite things in life that only a few people ever knew about was her love of the TV program Sky At Night.

The order of service for Lamara Bell's funeral. Picture: Michael Gillen

The order of service for Lamara Bell's funeral. Picture: Michael Gillen

“As a child she would sit with us in a darkened room watching as Patrick Moore would talk about the planets, moons and stars.

“We as a family miss our daughter each new day. As a family each night we mourn her loss with love. In the early morning our hearts shatter into a million pieces.

“Our daughter’s death should never be as a who has the biggest Halo in this visceral moment.”

Lamara’s parents also said she had an “unbreakable link” with her daughter Alysha, while her son Kieran “never left” her side.

A flower tribute from Lamara Bell's children adorn her coffin. Picture: Michael Gillen

A flower tribute from Lamara Bell's children adorn her coffin. Picture: Michael Gillen

Andrew and Diane added: “Her love was passed down to her own children; washed and scrubbed sitting in pyjamas in a darkened room they would sit watching as a family.

“Alysha and her mother were bound by an unbreakable link that only a parent can understand, they shared a love of horses and music. When both of them were on an exuberant day the noise levels could break sound barriers when they sang.”

Mr Yuill grew up in Bonnybridge before moving to Camelon and was described as a “great” brother to his six younger siblings.

A statement on behalf of the Yuill family also said: “We would like to extend our sympathies and support to the Bell family as they lay their daughter, sister and mother to rest.

Lamara Bell's parents Andrew and Diane and Lamara Bell's daughter Alysha lead the funeral procession. Picture: Michael Gillen

Lamara Bell's parents Andrew and Diane and Lamara Bell's daughter Alysha lead the funeral procession. Picture: Michael Gillen

“May she rest in peace.”

A major investigation is now under way into how Police Scotland handled the incident which resulted in the couple’s deaths.

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Mourners crowded outside Falkirk Crematorium for the service. Picture: Michael Gillen

Mourners crowded outside Falkirk Crematorium for the service. Picture: Michael Gillen