TRIBUTES have been paid to a young Bridlington woman who has died suddenly aged 31.
Kellyanne Barratt was found dead in her bed in her flat in St John’s Avenue last Friday.
A Humberside Police spokesman said: “The deceased had a history of health problems and sadly died at home.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and police are compiling a file for submission to the coroner. An inquest will take place in due course.”
Through the Free Press and the social networking site Facebook, her family and friends have been paying tribute to Kellyanne, who was a much loved and popular woman.
Her father Paul Barratt said: “We are still trying to come to terms with this tragic loss taken from us at such a young age, life is not fair.
“Kellyanne we love you, we miss you, our lives will never be the same but our memories and our times together will never be forgotten,” he added.
Kellyanne worked as a food services advisor at the Debenhams store in Scarborough for the past 10 years and helped out at her father Paul and step-mother Angie’s restaurant, Ellie Mae’s Bistro, in Bridlington’s Old Town.
Through Facebook Mr Barratt thanked all those who have left tribute messages.
“Reading all your messages is so hard, some make us laugh, some make us cry, but it’s so comforting to know in her short life she has touched so many hearts and made so many friends with her cheeky and infectious smile and laugh. Thank you everyone,” he said.
Kellyanne, a former pupil of Headlands School, was captain of Bridlington Netball Club and was also a keen darts player.
Fellow netball teammate Sarah Porritt said Kellyanne had been an integral part of the team’s success over the past five years.
Sarah said: “We had enjoyed so many tournament and league wins and Kellyanne was always there with us making us laugh with her antics both on and off the court.
“Kellyanne was passionate about her netball and when we eventually feel like putting the purple and black back on, we will play extra hard just for her.”
Close friend Jodie Beecroft said: “Kellyanne was a great friend, extremely loyal and always there when you needed her.
“She had a very cheeky personality and every time I saw her I could guarantee she’d make me smile.
“There was never a dull moment with Kellyanne around. I know she is going to be greatly missed by a lot of people.”
Among the scores of tributes left on Facebook were the following:
Jade Liley said: “Never seen so many broken hearts like I have today. The whole of Debenhams has this dark cloud having over it.
“Kellyanne Barratt you have touched so many people, gong to miss you Princess.”
Joanne Heseltime said: “How do you begin to put into words the shock, devastation and such sadness at losing such a special person as you.”
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