Wednesday 17 January 2018

Balloon victim 'a remarkable woman'

Floral tributes at Perth Crematorium in Scotland, where the funeral of of Egypt balloon crash victim Yvonne Rennie was held
Floral tributes at Perth Crematorium in Scotland, where the funeral of of Egypt balloon crash victim Yvonne Rennie was held

Friends and relatives of Egypt balloon disaster victim Yvonne Rennie have been asked to remember a "truly remarkable woman" at her funeral.

The hospital administrator from Perth was on holiday with her husband Michael last month when they were caught up in the horror crash in Luxor which left 19 dead.

Mr Rennie, one of just two survivors, joined around 250 mourners at a service held for the 48-year-old at Perth Crematorium.

They heard how the "adventurous, fun-loving woman" died in the accident while enjoying herself on holiday in one of her favourite destinations.

Mrs Rennie previously travelled to Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh and planned a trip to Alexandria, drawn by Egypt's people, culture and climate. Her death was a "heart-breaking" loss for Mr Rennie, her parents, Nan and Willie, and sisters, Alison and Lynn, the service heard.

The construction worker, 49, is thought to have survived by leaping from the balloon basket as it plunged to the ground. He suffered only minor injuries and was able to return home following treatment at Luxor International Hospital. The couple married in Gretna Green in November 2007 after meeting at work.

Mrs Rennie was employed for a spell at Monarch Airlines in Luton before moving back to Dundee several years ago. She got a job at Ninewells Hospital where Mr Rennie worked in the same department and would ask her why she never made him coffee, the congregation was told.

After being told he could "do it himself", he asked her out for lunch and she accepted. They did not tell colleagues of their romance until Mrs Rennie took a job as an appointments officer in the radiology department of Perth Royal Infirmary in June 2006.

Colleagues at NHS Tayside, many of whom attended the 40-minute service, said she was a much-loved member of staff and would be greatly missed. Mrs Rennie was pictured in her wedding dress on the back of the order of service and an image on the front showed her kneeling, surrounded by daffodils.

Mourners sang the hymn All Things Bright And Beautiful and heard a poem entitled Memories Of The Heart. They were told they should remember Mrs Rennie's "adventurous spirit and love of life".

Press Association

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