Brave Kathy (32) loses cancer battle

TRIBUTES: Kathy and Carl Morris on their wedding day in February
TRIBUTES: Kathy and Carl Morris on their wedding day in February

A TERMINALLY ill Hapton woman who fulfilled her dearest wish by marrying her fiancé in an emotional ceremony in February has died aged 32.

Carl Morris paid tribute to his “amazing, courageous and colourful” wife Kathy, who died in Pendleside Hospice on Monday surrounded by her family and her closest friends. She was diagnosed with cancer in December 2010 and, a year later, was given the devastating news the disease was terminal.

Carl, of Bridgefield Street, said: “She was in the hospice for a couple of months but she fought the cancer head on. She was courageous, brave and dignified.”

The couple, who met in the Railway Pub in Hapton, had been due to wed in April but, after Kathy’s condition deteriorated, they brought it forward to February where 200 family and friends watched the primary school teacher walk down the aisle.

“We pulled the wedding forward and it was the right thing to do,” added Carl.

“A month after we got married she deteriorated rapidly. She did manage to walk down the aisle though which was a miracle and testament to her determination.”

Since Kathy’s death, her Facebook page has been flooded with tributes and Carl said she had many friends.

She documented her struggle with cancer on a blog through the Macmillan Cancer Support, which Carl said helped her greatly to cope with cancer.

“It helped Kathy and it helped everybody. It was done with frankness and humour, a sense of humour that only Kathy had.

“We laughed at the cancer most of the way and that made it a bit more manageable.”

Kathy’s funeral, which Carl said will be a celebration of her life, will take place at noon on Monday at Burnley Crematorium.

Mourners are encouraged to wear bright colours as a tribute to her.

Carl said: “That’s what Kathy wanted, she wouldn’t want it to be sombre, she’d want it to be colourful like she was.”

Kathy also leaves her mum Marian, dad John and brother Thomas (28).