Brave mum Ruth loses fight for life

Thursday 20th October 2011 10:00 pm
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Ruth and husband Dave on their wedding day. Pic. Gareth Davies Photography ()

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The family of a Tenby mother who lost her battle to cancer last week, have paid tribute to her and the overwhelming support she received from friends and the local community who organised several fundraising events for her cause.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ruth Louise Price (nee White) passed away on Friday at her home surrounded by her family. She had been suffering from recurrent cervical cancer and in recent months the community had got behind the 'A Chance For Ruth' fundraising group to help fund a 'stereotactic radiotherapy' procedure to aid her, as the treatment was not available on the NHS.

"Ruth was a beautiful young woman, full of life and potential and was clever and funny. She enjoyed making us laugh with jokes, impressions and funny poems written especially for us," said her sister Miffany.

"We were all so proud of her when she passed her driving test early last year and she was always ready with the offer of a lift for her family taking us shopping and on days out.

"She was an excellent cook and loved gathering her family together for dinner; she would often call round to visit us with a freshly-baked cake.

"As children, Ruth, myself and our brother Daniel were very close. With our mum Diane or dad Robert, we would spend long days at the beach or going for walks, we'd often get together to plan and perform shows to entertain our mum.

"As we got older, we remained close and Ruth and I would travel all over the UK to see our favourite bands play.

"Ruth was there when our younger sister, Grace, was born and from the start she spoilt her with gifts and lavished attention on her.

"As a teenager and student, Ruth loved getting dressed up and going out with her friends on the weekend; they would meet up at our house and congregate in Ruth's bedroom listening to music and putting their make-up on," continued Miffany.

Ruth was a student at Pembrokeshire College and went on to study at Aberystwyth University, where she gained a BA in International Politics and met her future husband Dave, who she married back in August, and described it as one of the happiest days of her life.

"Ruth and Dave were so close, they used to jokingly call themselves Ruvid. They were so happy when their son Riley was born in 2008 and she doted on him and made it her mission to be the very best mum that she could be," remarked Miffany.

"When Ruth was diagnosed with cancer in May last year, we came together as a family to give her all the love and support she needed.

Ruth was determined to get well and as much as was possible she continued with her normal daily life.

"The support of family, friends and the local community was overwhelming and it gave Ruth and us much-needed hope during a very difficult time.

"Ruth was not only my sister, but my best friend and the most important person in my life, and the most important person for Ruth was her son Riley and we will make sure that he'll always knows what an amazing and loving person his mother was. The day we lost my sister our hearts broke," said Miffany.

Ruth leaves to mourn her husband Dave, son Riley, mother Diane, brother Daniel and sisters Grace and Miffany.

The funeral will be held on Monday, at 2.30 pm, at Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, followed by a gathering at The Plantagenet in Tenby.

The family have requested that all those who are in attendance to wear colourful clothes at the funeral service.

Flowers can be sent c/o W. and M. J. Rossiter and Sons Ltd., The Old Rectory, The Norton, Tenby, who are carrying out the funeral arrangements.

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