Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry has officially farewelled her daughter Jaimi in a service she said was “just perfect”.
Jaimi died last week, aged 33, after battling a long-term illness.
Curry, who shared Jaimi with her ex-husband former ironman Grant Kenny, posted a beautiful tribute photo to her Instagram with details of the funeral.
“Yesterday, as the sun was setting, we said goodbye to you, our Jaimi,” she wrote.
“As the last sun rays filtered through the trees onto you, fairy lights flickering everywhere around, with the most divine flowers surrounding you, and a room full of unconditional love, we farewelled you…. always our bubba. It was just perfect… beautiful, quiet, pretty and sparkly… just the way you would have wanted it.”
“Our little angel, you can now rest peacefully,” Curry’s caption continued. “Free of pain, free to flourish and free to grow, free to just be…
“Jaimi…as dad and I lovingly held you when you took your first breath, we lovingly held you as you took your last. Jaimi, my love, our hearts are aching, but know you will be forever with us, and forever loved wherever we go. Goodnight sweet girl… we hope you have a nice long sleep.”
Jaimi’s brother, Jett, also shared a touching farewell message on his Instagram.
“You were my second mother, you were my biggest sister, you were my friend, and you were a fighter until the very end,” he captioned the photo. “Jaimi, I will love you forever and you will always have a place in my heart.”
“I will miss you dearly, but cherish the moments we had together greatly. I love you so much, and I will see you again at some point. Yesterday we said our final goodbyes to my beautiful sister and I would just like to thank everyone for your overwhelming love and support. The entire family was inundated with loving messages, flowers and thoughts for our beautiful Jaimi. I personally will never be able to thank everyone enough. But do know that it will never be forgotten.”
Jaimi died last Monday, as announced in a statement from her father. “Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,” the statement read. “Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.”
The following morning, Curry shared a special tribute to her on social media: “Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side. So loved. So beautiful. So kind to everyone…. So painful. I can barely breathe.”
A few days later, the athlete thanked fans for their support. “Thank you so much for the outpouring of love and strength we are receiving. There are so many messages from so many people and it’s difficult to get back to all of you but in time we’ll try,” Curry wrote on Instagram, sharing a sweet photo of her and Jaimi holding hands.
“The grief is immense and we are allowing it to take its course.”
Curry and Kenny, both 57, were married from 1996 until 2017. As well as Jaimi, they share daughter Morgan and son Jett.