Mum and daughter laid to rest

07:48, Jun 12 2014
Ella Summerfield and Sally Rumble
'CREATIVE, KIND AND SASSY': Hundreds turned out to farewell Ella Summerfield, 12, and her mother, Sally Rumble, who were killed in a crash near Rakaia on May 31.

Flowers adorned the hall at Sumner Primary School's second funeral service this week, in a ''gorgeous, elegant and simple'' farewell for Ella Summerfield and her mother, Sally Rumble.

Ella, 12, and Sally Rumble were killed when Dutch tourist Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, allegedly ran a stop sign while driving near Rakaia on May 31.

Ella's best friend Abi Hone, 12, who was travelling with the Summerfields, was also killed in the crash.

Hundreds of people packed the Sumner school's hall and adjoining marquee, in a scene reminiscent of Abi's funeral on Monday.

Press reporters did not attend the service at the request of the family.

But afterwards Wyn Mossman, spokesman for the Summerfield and Rumble families, said ''hundreds and hundreds'' of people had crowded the venue to pay their tributes.


As well as a large contingent of the Sumner community, who had rallied around the Summerfield and Hone families since the tragedy, mourners came from wider Christchurch, around New Zealand and as far as the UK, where the Rumble family are from.

In the days leading up to the service, Sally Rumble's friends had gathered flowers, foliage and plants from near and far, Mossman said.

''These were arranged by family and friends to reflect Sally's creativity and passion, under the guidance of her close friend Rachel Thornton.

"The service was gorgeous, elegant and simple, reflecting Sally Rumble's creative, kind spirit. It also captured Ella's zest for life and sense of fun.''

Sally Rumble co-owned the Lyttelton-based Carousel Flora Design. She regularly blogged on the website about food, flowers and nutrition.

Shane Summerfield, Ella's father and Sally's husband, was seriously injured in the crash. He had since been discharged from hospital and attended the service.

Their son, Sam Summerfield, was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash as he had stayed home to study for exams.

Mossman said a slideshow of photos were played at the service, ''a stunning reminder of what has been lost to these families and friends''.

The service lasted more than two hours, with plenty of ''songs, poems and tributes''.

Representatives from both St Margaret's College and Sumner Primary School, Ella's current and former schools, spoke fondly of her. A close friend of Ella's sang.

Her netball team spoke of her ''great love'' of the sport, and a friend and team member placed a silver fern uniform on her casket - as one of Ella's dreams was to play for the Silver Ferns.

Ella's casket was lead out by her netball team and Sally Rumble's was lead out by her close Sumner friends.

Tania Summerfield, Ella's aunt, spoke of Ella's love and skill of shopping but also her ''beautiful and sassy'' spirit.

Speakers also paid tribute to Abi during the service.

The Press