THE mother of a former Hibs girls coach who died after falling from the balcony of her fifth-floor hotel room in Spain, has paid an emotional tribute to her daughter.
Morgan Lynn, 25, was on holiday in Benidorm with two female friends when she fell to her death at the Hotel Gala Placidia.
In a joint statement, mum Wendy, 48, and Ms Lynn’s friend Shona Eadie told the Evening News: “Morgan was a beautiful person inside and out and would do anything to help her family or friends.
“She lived life to the full and loved spending time with her friends or going for a decent steak dinner or concerts whenever she could, although many people would be surprised by her love of ‘old’ music and old Country in particular.
“If she could have bought a ranch abroad and filled it with horses and gotten herself a cowboy hat she would have.
“She was one of the most genuine, caring and all round good fun people that anyone could ever meet.
“We feel blessed that she was such a huge part of our lives and all of the family, and Mo’s friends are devastated with what has happened.
“It’s safe to say she has left a huge hole in our lives that will never be filled.”
Officials at Hibs – where Ms Lynn was a coach at youth level for four years – said she was “fondly remembered” by the club.
A spokeswoman for Royal Bank of Scotland, where Ms Lynn had worked since January 2011, said she would be “sadly missed” by her colleagues.
The keen footballer, who lived in Edinburgh, had been out with friends for the evening during her holiday and was fatally injured in a fall at about 11pm on February 27.
Police investigations are continuing into exactly what led to the tragedy.
Ms Lynn grew up in the Borders and went to Hawick High School between 2000 and 2006, taking part in football, rugby and hockey as a pupil.
Her mum and her dad, Kenny, 49, live in Hawick.
Ms Lynn began working towards her football coaching qualifications aged 16 and, despite being a Hearts fan, trained Hibs girls under 13s.
She went on to study business management at Queen Margaret University between 2006 and 2009, graduating with an HND.
While at university, she was head of the social committee for a year and played for the Queen Margaret ladies’ football team throughout her studies.
A gym regular, she also enjoyed horse-riding and had passed exams to teach indoor rock climbing. Last year, she took part in the Highland Hike charity event to raise funds for Gingerbread Nursery.
Ms Lynn, who also supported Manchester United, played football with Women’s Division Two team Musselburgh Windsor last year, but was unable to turn out for a club recently due to injury.
Willie Kirk, manager of Hibs ladies and girls, remembered Ms Lynn from her time coaching players.
He said: “Everyone at the club is very saddened by the news.
“Morgan is fondly remembered by everybody at the club and our thoughts are with her family at this time.”
After working as a market researcher with Ipsos MORI, Ms Lynn joined RBS and was made an internal control officer last year.
A Royal Bank of Scotland spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts are with Morgan’s friends and family at this difficult time.
“She will be sadly missed by her colleagues and the many friends she made while working at RBS.”