Tributes have been paid following the death of “beautiful” India Millar from Aghanloo.
The six year-old (pictured) passed away on Friday at the Royal Victoria Hospital where she had been receiving treatment for a kidney tumour.
India - a P2 pupil at Termoncanice Primary School in Limavady - underwent surgery last Thursday but, sadly, died the following day. India was laid to rest following her funeral Mass at Christ The King in Limavady on Sunday at which Fr. James Devine told mourners that India was “full of life”.
“At six years of age, India did all the things that six-year-olds do; she loved music, she loved going to school at Termoncanice, even at home she had her own office where homework was done and where she worked on her art pieces so beautifully on display at home. She even had a talent most adults would be envious of in that she could bake, being able to bake pancakes from scratch. She was just full of life,” said Fr. Devine. “Then, only a matter of weeks ago, she was diagnosed with her illness and so quickly she has gone to God.”
Fr. Devine added: “India has passed from this world, but we know from the Gospel of St Mark where she is. She is safely in the arms of Jesus, being embraced by love himself. ... In these days of darkness and pain for you all, please be assured of the prayers of this community.”
Close family friends and neighbours of the Millars, SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan and his wife Rosaleen, have spoken on behalf of India’s family.
“None of us can know what they are suffering after the loss of such a beautiful young child who touched the hearts of so many,” said Colr. Mullan. “I was chatting to her granddad at the wake and he told me he had bought her a fishing rod and a fishing licence and they planned to go fishing. They are heartbroken and we offer our condolences to those left behind, including India’s parents, Noelle and Mark, and her little sister, Molly, the wider family circle, all of India’s friends and staff at Termoncanice who knew her.”
Rosaleen said: “She was a real wee girly girl. She loved getting her nails done and chatting.
“She was just a beautiful girl with the most gorgeous smile.”