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Tributes to Maryport mum who died aged 32 on Mother's Day

Tributes have been paid to a mum-of-two who died, aged 32, on Mother’s Day following a long battle with cancer.

Saranne Wilkinson photo
Saranne Wilkinson

Saranne Wilkinson, of Oakland Avenue, Maryport, had already fought off breast cancer once, but it returned over a year ago.

Her family described her as a remarkable woman whose world revolved around her children.

Brought up in Allonby, Mrs Wilkinson moved to Maryport, where she lived with husband Les and children, Jake, five, and Sadie Mae, four.

She was well known across the area having worked as a teaching assistant, family support worker and community nursery nurse.

Mrs Wilkinson launched baby massage classes in Maryport, which were later taken on by Sure Start.

More recently she had trained for her dream job as a midwifery support worker, and was due to start at Workington Community Hospital when she became ill.

She was diagnosed with cancer in December 2009. She underwent a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy but the cancer returned.

Mrs Wilkinson refused to let it beat her, her family said.

Mr Wilkinson said: “She was fantastic. It was quite unbelievable, to be honest.

“Even when she was supposed to be resting she was cleaning, washing and being a full-time mother.

“Her life revolved around her children and that never changed. She was still living life to the full. She even did the Race for Life when she was quite ill and raised over £2,000.”

Her mother Shirley Rodney said: “She never complained and never asked for help. When she became ill the second time she went into schools as a volunteer to read to the kids. I don’t know how she did it. She really was a remarkable woman.”

In February her condition worsened and she spent her last two weeks at home with her family before she died on Sunday.

Mr Wilkinson said she had been determined to hold on until Mothering Sunday.

The couple got married six years ago at Crosscanonby Church after being introduced by friends during a night out in Workington.

Mr Wilklinson said he was attracted by her sense of fun, as she loved dressing up with her friends and making people laugh.

He said: “She was daft as a brush. Other people would laugh at her laughing. She is going to be missed by a lot of people.”

Mrs Wilkinson’s two biggest passions were children and horses. As a child she would help out at the stables in Allonby and later got a horse of her own.

Stepfather Tom Rodney said: “She always put everybody else before herself. Even during these past couple of years she always thought of us before herself.”

Mrs Wilkinson wrote a book for her husband and children, sharing her wishes and memories.

She is also survived by her father George Mulholland, sisters Hayley and Zelda, stepsister Andrea, stepbrother Stephen, and nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was due to take place yesterday at St Mary’s Church, Maryport, followed by burial at a family plot in Dearham Cemetery.

Guests were asked to wear pink flowers and ribbons for breast cancer awareness, while donations were being collected for the Henderson Suite at the West Cumberland Hospital and the cardiothoracic ward at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

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saranne im in sheer shock for years i come to stay and play with my 2 kids you always greeted everybody with a smile suck a happy lady. i cant put it into words how much you will be missed i still find it hard to believe think they must have got it wrong!! you will never be forgottn u put so much ito this cummunity rip honey sleep tight keep watching over us all x xxx

Posted by suzanne tiffen on 24 March 2012 at 11:53

a star was created in heaven when you passed suranne.a wonderful mother,and true friend.everyone who knew you were blessed by your smile,and laugh.your light will live in your children,and in all the wonderful memories of everyone who knew you,sleep tight.x

Posted by nikki on 23 March 2012 at 14:23

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