Remembering NCPS student Ayla Lundy

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Ayla Lundy was remembered Monday as a quiet happy girl who was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Mourners packed into Osprey Hall in Feversham May 29 to pay tribute 12-year-old Ayla Lundy who was killed in a utility vehicle accident south of Singhampton on May 24.

A Grade 7 student at Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School, Ayla played on many sports teams and is remembered by staff as being a very helpful student. Ayla also played for the school hockey team and Honeywood Minor Hockey Association’s Pee Wee team.

She was a member of two 4H clubs. She first joined 4H last year, where she found her passion showing lambs. At the funeral 4H members recited the 4-H pledge for their teammate.

In recognition of her dedication to 4H, Ayla received the most dedicated member award at the end of her first season. The award is being renamed the Ayla Lundy memorial award.

Ayla was looking forward to the 4H season with The South East Grey and Clearview Sheep clubs and had already picked out her lambs. The club will make sure they make it to the show ring this year.

Ayla was remembered for being a peacekeeper in the family and always willing to help out without being asked, whether at school or in the barn with her older sister or her 4H friends.

“She was our go-to girl, our rock,” said NCPS teacher Myrna Whitley, on behalf of school staff. “She was the one that was responsible for getting milk to all the students every day. She was the one that would say, ‘I got this…’ and off she would go doing another job. She was the student that if you saw her in the hall, you could ask her to stop whatever she was doing and take something in the opposite direction to another teacher without hesitation. She would just do it. Ayla was the sibling who would stop in the middle of the hall and give her brother or sister a hug as they jumped out of line and into her waiting arms. She was that teammate that worked hard and helped others when their check got away.”

Those who knew her said she was unfailingly kind and had a deep affection for her siblings and family. She was quiet and undemanding and always ready with a big smile.

Mourners signed Ayla’s white casket Monday before the lid was closed.

The interment took place at Maxwell Cemetery.

Adored by her parents Jessica Stephenson (Jason Ferguson) and Dale Lundy (Leia Elder) of Creemore. Loving sister to Stephanie and Cole Lundy, Luke, Troy and Kloe Ferguson. Much loved by proud grandparents Wendy (Martin) Wickens, Glenn and Sheila Lundy, Eldon (Shirley) Ferguson.

Spirited niece of Lindsay (Dustin) McIntyre, Lisa (Jeff) Bullock, Katie Stephenson, Matthew Wickens, Tiffany McFaul, Andrew Taylor, Donny (Rachelle) Lundy and Darryl (Jen) Lundy. Ayla will be deeply missed by cousins Drew and Evan McIntyre, Brayden, Blake and Kortney Bullock, Mya Madill, Haley and Jack, Samantha, and Matthew Lundy and Nick Elder.

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