TRIBUTES have been paid to a girl who “could brighten the gloomiest of days.”
Bonnie Lloyd, 12, from Buckley, died at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, on Friday, March 8.
She lived with a chronic illness but was determined to live her life to the full, refusing to let her condition stop her from enjoying the company of her family and friends.
Bonnie attended Elfed High School and is a former pupil of Westwood Primary School.
Both school communities have been paying tribute to Bonnie as they come to terms with her death.
Children have recorded their thoughts and memories in poems, drawings and through messages on a memory tree.
Rob Nicholson, head of Westwood Community Primary School, said: “We are honoured to have been graced with such a presence as Bonnie Lloyd.
“Her character was that of fun, enjoyment and friendliness with a sense of humour that could brighten the gloomiest of days.
“For those of us who had the pleasure of her company, she taught us valuable lessons in courage, resilience and strength.
“She was a popular pupil who never failed to wear a smile regardless of her daily battle with her condition.
“Bonnie will be remembered fondly by our pupils, staff and wider school community and our thoughts go out to her family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Rosemary Jones, head of Elfed High School, added: “Bonnie was very popular with the students and staff at Elfed and we have very affectionate memories of her.
“It was a pleasure to be in Bonnie’s company and although she lived with a chronic illness, she didn’t give in to the difficulties she experienced.
“She was a cheerful member of our school community and her warm sense of humour made us smile.
“She loved coming to school and she didn’t let her illness spoil her enjoyment of learning and spending time with her friends.
“We send our condolences to her family and friends.”
Bonnie’s funeral will take place at Bistre Parish Church, Buckley, on Monday at 10.45am.