Tragic university student Libby Squire was laid to rest in an emotional funeral service at a West Wycombe church just minutes away from her family home this week.

Libby Squire, 21, went missing in the early hours of February 1 after a night out with friends in Hull, East Yorkshire, where she was studying. Her body was discovered in the Humber Estuary on March 20.

The body of the much-loved philosophy student was finally returned to her devastated family last month, who were able to say their final goodbyes in a poignant service at St Lawrence’s Church on Thursday, October 3.

Her coffin arrived at the iconic hilltop church in a vintage hearse and was adorned with white roses.

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the student.

Among the flowers was a bouquet from Hull University students and staff with a card that said “rest in peace”. Another bouquet had a card that read “it broke our hearts to lose you”.

Her mother and father embraced as the coffin, covered with white roses, was taken into the church.

The service was taken by Reverend Jenny Ellis, with prayers also taken by Anne Dannerolle, the leader of Hull Community Church.

Smiling photos of Libby beamed out from the order of service handed out to mourners – including ones of her as a child.

Hymns, prayers and poems were read out during the funeral and during the final moments of the service, a video reel of photos showcasing Libby’s life were shared.

Her grieving mother Lisa also gave a personal tribute to her daughter and said thank you to those who attended.

“We would not have got through any of this without you,” she told the service.

Rev Jenny Ellis conducted the service, telling the mourners: “It’s a wonderful tribute for Libby and her family that so many of you are here today.

“Let’s make this a wonderful celebration of a beautiful person.”

Ms Ellis said the funeral was “absolutely essential” to give family, friends and the community closure.

“The whole point is to draw a line under things and enable people to move on,” she told reporters after the service.

“The service was about letting her go.”

You’ll Be in My Heart by Phil Collins, Shine by Take That and Lucky by Christof van der Ven were also played.

In a poignant final tribute, a Winnie the Pooh quote was shared in black and white on the back of the order of service, reading: “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever”.

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