Caroline Margaret Taylor-Smith of Duns, died, aged 18, on June 3, following a road accident near Chirnside on June 1.
Caroline fought to stay alive for two days in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but sadly passed away. Her extended family were all with her surrounding her with their love when she died.
Caroline was born in Forth Park Hospital, Kirkcaldy, on February 25, 1997, cherished daughter of Moira May and Robin Taylor-Smith, and sister to Claudia (19) and Maisie Grace (4), much loved granddaughter of Marjory, Tommy, Norma and Bobby, beloved niece to Ali, Scott, Iona, Calum, Jane, Pam and Jonathan and adored by cousins Eilidh, Lewis, Sophie, Grace, Alice, Daniel and Sam.
In their early years, Caroline and Claudia were mischievous and Caroline’s lust for life and fun endured throughout her life. She loved being on stage, and played an angel in a nursery nativity play, twirling her curly hair and waving to the audience who loved her. She had an energy and a twinkle in her eye that drew people to her, a quality which endured throughout her life. She went on to perform with Duns and District Amateur Operatic Society.
Caroline was a good friend and fun to be with. The many tributes which poured in following her death demonstrate the impact she made on people and how much her friends loved her. Her straight talking, authenticity and fun loving made her a compelling person to be with.
Caroline experienced some difficult times in her teenage years with school and trying to find her place in the world. These experiences gave her strength and wisdom which she shared with others in need. She supported the underdog and was driven by a belief in justice and fairness.
Caroline volunteered her time to Stable Life Equine Centre, a charity which offers young people a chance to learn about horses to help them address difficulties in their lives and she also worked with Riding for the Disabled Association. Caroline was awarded a Young Person Mentor Award in 2014 for this work.
Caroline loved horses. She studied horsecare at Borders College and worked at stables in Portugal earlier this year. She rode in ride outs in the Borders and Edinburgh, a testament to her skills as a horse rider. It was whilst riding that Caroline demonstrated the inner confidence that was growing day by day. This was also evident in her creative and innovative photography, which she loved, and was adventurous in seeking out subjects, from cutting-edge fashion shoots to capturing the beauty of nature.
Caroline was a caring, fun, genuine person who will be missed deeply by her family and all whose lives she touched. Her funeral takes place today, Thursday, June 18, at 12 noon, at Duns Parish Church. Floral tributes should be sent to W.A. Walker, Duns. There will be a collection in support of the work of Stable Life. The family would like to thank the staff at the Intensive Care Unit for the wonderful, compassionate care they gave to Caroline, and also to friends who have offered support to the family.