Tributes after fall death

Pontefract Remembrance day parade
Pontefract Remembrance day parade

A MUM-OF-ONE – who took her horse to Pontefract’s Remembrance Day parade for many years – died after falling down the stairs at her home.

Tributes have been paid to Fern White, 33, who died in Rotherham General Hospital on Mother’s Day – four months after the accident which left her in a coma with severe head injuries.

Her mum Sylvia White, 60, said residents in Pontefract would remember her daughter as the woman who always brought her horse Burma Star to the town’s Remembrance Day service.

A picture of Fern, who represented the Parachute Regiment during the parade, featured in the Express last November.

Sylvia, of Eggborough, said: “For the last few years, Fern brought her horse to the parade. When the service was happening in St Giles’ Church, she’d sit outside with Burma Star and people would come and chat to her.

“She touched so many lives and lived her life to the full. She was my best friend and I miss her so much.”

Fern, of Scarsdale Street, Dinnington, was born in Durham but grew up on the Nostell Priory estate, where her mother worked.

The former Crofton High School student trained as a mortuary technician and had previously worked at Pontefract’s mortuary.

She leaves an 18-month-old daughter Wynter, her partner Tony Elliot, 35, and father Terry White, 75.

Sylvia, whose son Sean died of a heart condition 21 years ago at the age of 19, said: “Fern will be buried at Nostell Priory with her brother. Anyone who knew her is welcome to her funeral, which will be held at Wragby Church at 2pm on Wednesday April 4.”