Family pay tribute to 'glamorous' Nat
WEARING pink shirts and each with one painted fingernail, mourners paid tribute to a young woman who had a 'magnetic personality'.
More than 500 family and friends filled Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem for the funeral of Natalie Lungrin, above.
The 24-year-old council worker died after being taken seriously ill while driving her car on September 28.
The Staffordshire University graduate never regained consciousness after telling a friend she felt faint while out driving.
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At yesterday's funeral, her white coffin was covered in bright pink flowers and carried by six family members to the song Gone Too Soon.
Reverend Ashley Cooper, who conducted the service, said: "We are gathered here today with a lot of questions.
"And in the midst of the tears and the pain we are going to smile because of the memories we have of her."
The congregation sang two hymns, All Things Bright And Beautiful and Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.
Friend Rebecca Henry read a poem, which was followed by a tribute from best friend Nadia.
She told of Natalie's infectious laughter, as well as her poor time keeping and her insistence on being the last one to leave a nightclub.
She said: "We have always been there for one another and all of these traits made you the Nat that everyone loved so much.
"From now on when there is something I want to tell you I will look into the sky and know that is where you will be."
Originally from Birches Head, Natalie had moved to Birmingham with her job as a child protection officer.
She had worked for Birmingham City Council as a social worker since October 2011.
And speaking at the funeral, her manager, Fowzia Ellihi, described her as 'the baby of the group' with 'a magnetic personality.'
Workers in the office yesterday held a minute's silence and released balloons to coincide with the funeral.
Natalie had grown up with her sister Karis, aged 26, and parents Tony and Julie.
Karis told the congregation how her sister was always braver and more confident than her.
She said: "Even though she was my little sister I always looked up to her.
"I haven't got a clue how I'm going to live without her but I know she would want me to be strong."
Her father said: "Nat loved her clothes, shoes and everything about being glamorous.
"Many of the men here today have one fingernail painted as she would always do one a different colour.
"I have loved you until I can't love no more and you have gone from our lives but not from our hearts."
The service ended with a slide show of photos showing Natalie with friends and family, including a picture of the matching tattoos her parents and sister have had on their wrists as a tribute.
The service was followed by interment at Burslem cemetery.