More than 350 people, including a large contingent of police and police community support officers, attended the funeral service for PCSO Sandi Greenacre on Wednesday.
Police motorcycles formed an escort for the hearse on the much-loved mother-of-four and stepmother to two’s final journey from her home in Dairy Way, Gaywood, to nearby St Faith’s Church.
And there 56 of her fellow officers formed a guard of honour along the path to the main door as her coffin, draped in the Norfolk police flag and with her cap and a single red rose on top, was carried in.
The service for the 51-year-old PCSO, who was killed in a car crash on the A149 at Sandringham on March 11 while on her way to work at Hunstanton Police Station, was led by team rector Canon Beryl Wood.
In a eulogy, Mrs Greenacre’s colleague Sgt Karen Faulkner spoke of her “thoughtful and caring approach” towards people, and said: “She touched people’s lives because she genuinely wanted to make a difference in the community.
“Sandi had a natural ability to talk to people from all walks of life and saw the good in everyone. She also had the ability to defuse awkward situations.”
Sgt Faulkner added: “She was vivacious, vibrant and glamorous even at work. She always made the effort to look a million dollars.
“Double brandy Sandi, as she liked to be known, will never be forgotten by her colleagues.
Canon Wood said Mrs Greenacre had crammed so much into her 51 years. She had been described as “the 21st century’s Marilyn Monroe” and always wanted to look her best, even filling her uniform pockets with make-up while at work.
She said Mrs Greenacre, who lost her own mother when she was only 20, was a “brilliant mum” to her four children and second mum to her two stepchildren, and she had met the “man of her dreams” in her husband, Richard.
The rector said: “Sandi was larger than life and we shall never forget her. She lived life to the full and thanks to her we are all the better for it.
“We have her smile, her laughter and her sense of humour to remember.”