Tragic cancer death of Briercliffe mum (39) - leave your tributes here

LOVING MUM: Amanda Howarth (S)

LOVING MUM: Amanda Howarth (S)

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A HEARTBROKEN family has paid tribute to a very special mum, wife and daughter who has lost her battle to cancer.

Mrs Amanda Louise Howarth died at home in Red Spar Road, Briercliffe, surrounded by her family aged just 39.

The devoted mum of Alex (11) and Abbie (5) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, but after treatment it returned in 2006 and then again in May this year.

Her husband of 13 years, Stephen, said: “She was my best friend and a fantastic mother to our children. I met her at work and asked her out loads of times before she finally accepted. I am heartbroken.”

Amanda, who worked at School Recording Stars in Elm Street, was a rock music fan who also loved animals, the outdoors and camping. She also enjoyed watching Alex play football for Brierfield Celtic and cricket for Read. Amanda was also a keen fan of Burnley Football Club.

Her mother, Mrs Anne Jackson, said: “Amanda was a lovely girl, fairly quiet and shy, who lived for her children.”

Amanda, who attended Rosehill Junior and Walshaw High Schools, also enjoyed going to concerts and walking her dog Pebble. Stephen, a warehouse manager, added: “We have had lots of cards and kind words said about Amanda. She was the kind of person everybody liked. She never had a bad word to say about anyone.

“I would like to thank Amanda’s boss Mark Whitehead whose support throughout her illness has been fantastic. I would also like to thank Christie Hospital, Pendleside Hospice and Macmillan Nurses for their help over the last few years.”

Amanda also leaves her father Harry, parents-in-law Helen and Derek, sister Annette, brother-in-law Nigel, and niece Cerys. Her funeral was held at Burnley Crematorium on Wednesday when her favourite songs, Dakota, Photograph and Patience were played.