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Health & Fitness Family pay tribute to 'loving' mum and nain who died just three months after cancer diagnosis

20:00  22 november  2019
20:00  22 november  2019 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

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a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Her family said she was a © Gavin Malone Her family said she was a "loving, caring and compassionate" mum and nain

A family has paid tribute to a "loving, caring and compassionate" mum and nain who died three months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Adrienne Roberts, a much loved former teaching assistant at Holyhead High School , died on November 11 following a short battle with bowel cancer.

The 60-year-old's diagnosis came just three months after beginning a new job at her local Cancer Research UK shop in Holyhead on Anglesey after leaving her job at the school over Easter.

Her son, Gavin Malone, 36, said the charity "was her passion" after losing her younger sister to cancer in 2014.

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He said: "She was a fantastic mother to myself and my sister Laura and nain to Corey, Osian, Aria and Ows. She was married to Gwyn Roberts.

"Mam worked for 19 years at Holyhead High School as a teaching assisting, leaving the job at Easter to start working in the Cancer Research shop in Holyhead.

'Although the threads of life’s rich tapestry were cut short far too soon for Adrienne, the golden thread of her kindness will hold us all together as we say our goodbyes'

"Three months later, she was diagnosed herself with cancer.

"She lost her younger sister in 2014 to cancer which hit her hard. She helped the family by continuously fundraising for Cancer Research, totalling towards £12,000 so far.

"Cancer Research was her passion."

Mr Malone, who said the family are all "extremely proud of her",  added: "She has helped so many people in her life. She was such a loving, caring, compassionate and patient woman.

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"She loved going away in her caravan on short breaks with Gwyn. She was a talented patchwork quilt maker and loved reading and music.

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Her family said she 'helped so many people in her life' © Gavin Malone Her family said she 'helped so many people in her life'

"But most of all she loved spending time with the grandchildren.

"She's going to be missed by so many."

Her former colleagues at Holyhead High School also paid tribute to Mrs Roberts, describing her as "kindness, compassion, professionalism and warmth".

A statement published on the school's Facebook page, says: "November 12th 2019 the Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi family started the school day in sombre mood, upon hearing that we had lost one of our own: Adrienne, who had passed away the night before.

"Adrienne adopted many roles in school, before she left us in the summer 2019, to pursue her dream job in the Cancer Research superstore in town.

'Shes going to be missed by so many'

"The outpouring of grief from adults and children here in school is testament to the character and many virtues of this incredible woman."

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It adds: "Adrienne was kindness, compassion, professionalism and warmth. She made everyone feel important and that they mattered.

"She was a tireless campaigner and fundraiser, striving for the day that cancer would be treatable and would no longer blight the lives of others.

"The staffroom was the hub for her plans and schemes; for raffles, cake bakes, coffee mornings and fundraisers. People scrambled to buy tickets for the chance to win one of her beautiful handmade quilts.

"And although the threads of life’s rich tapestry were cut short far too soon for Adrienne, the golden thread of her kindness will hold us all together as we say our goodbyes.

"The school sends our love and condolences to her devoted family as they come to terms with their loss."

Mrs Roberts' funeral will take place at Bethel Chapel on Edmond Street on Saturday, November 23 at 11am, followed by a burial at Maeshyfryd cemetery.

The family have requested family flowers only and ask for any donations to be made towards Cancer Research UK.

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