“She followed them all the way to LA, and you could not get any bigger than that,” Tadhg White, a young relative, told mourners at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cappawhite.
The South Tipperary village came to a standstill when neighbours and friends said their final goodbyes to one of their own.
Ms White’s ex-boyfriend Jim Carrey arrived at the church shortly before Mass began. He later helped carry Ms White’s coffin a half mile from the church to the cemetery.
Ms White, a 30-year-old film set make up artist and aspiring actress, was found in her home in LA, California, on September 28 last. A number of suicide notes were also found in the house.
In an emotional tribute, Ms White’s step-sister, Sarah, said Cathriona had “an amazing capacity to love and to be loved”. Thanking the community for their support she said: “On behalf of our family I would like to thank you all for coming today as we remember our granddaughter, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt and friend.
“When I started writing this I didn’t know where to begin. How do you summarise such an amazing life in just a few words?”
“But the more I thought about it the more I came to realise that I just needed one word — love,” Ms White said.
“Cathriona had such an amazing capacity to love and to be loved. From growing up in Cappawhite, through to moving to Clonmel and finally settling in LA, love remained a constant in her life,” she said.
Cathriona was laid to rest alongside her beloved father Pat. Cathriona could not attend his funeral in 2012 because she was living illegally in the US at the time.
The chief mourners at the funeral included Cathriona’s siblings, Lisa, James, Larina, Sarah and Tadhg; her stepmother Bríd, and her mother Brigid; grandmother Lily, grandfather James; brothers-in-law John and Damien, and a wide circle of friends.