Mourners in pink at murdered Aldi worker’s funeral

The husband of a murdered supermarket worker says her death has left “a great hole” in their family’s lives as he paid tribute at her funeral.

Jodie Willsher was fatally stabbed during her shift at an Aldi store in the North Yorkshire town of Skipton on 21 December.

Many of the hundreds of mourners at the service wore items of pink clothing – as she liked the colour.

The 30-year-old’s husband Malcolm Willsher, who was one of the pallbearers who escorted her coffin into church, said he was lucky to have married her.

Their daughter Megan walked behind, holding relatives’ hands as the coffin was taken along the path of Christ Church, past hundreds of friends and family.

Jodie Willsher

Image: Jodie Willsher’s death had left ‘a great hole’ in her family’s lives

In a eulogy, Mr Willsher said his wife and Megan were “more than mother and daughter, they were best friends” and “the bond was beautiful to see”.

He said Megan, who wore a pink and grey scarf as well as large pink fabric flower, was “Jodie’s greatest achievement”.

Around 250 people attended the church service in Skipton and more than 150 listened to the ceremony in freezing weather outside.

Jodie Willsher's funeral

Image: Many mourners wore items of pink clothing as she liked the colour

The Rev Ruth Harris told the congregation: “Jodie was a woman full of fun, life and vitality who was a great colleague, a friend, an adoring mother, a caring daughter, a devoted wife.

“Jodie was preparing for Christmas and, through the nature of her work, she was helping others in their Christmas preparations.

“And it was about this work that her life was ended so abruptly, shockingly and with devastating consequences.

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“What none could have anticipated was that, this Christmas, Jodie would be spending it with the angels and Jesus himself.”

Jodie Willsher's funeral

Image: The funeral took place in Skipton

Neville Hord, 44, has appeared in court accused of Mrs Willsher’s murder. He is due to appear again at Bradford Crown Court on 26 January.