Tributes to mum Annalee, 32, who died three days after renewing marriage vows

15 August 2017 9:44AM

Tributes have been paid to a mum-of-five who died at the age of 32.

Annalee Paterson, of Melbreak Avenue, Cockermouth, died three days after renewing her vows with her husband Robert to mark their 10th wedding anniversary.

The former All Saints' Primary and Cockermouth schools pupil was diagnosed with inoperable cancer on June 24, after about 18 months of ill health.

Her husband said she was determined to ensure they and 40 family and close friends enjoyed a good party for the vows renewal.

The ceremony, at a Marie Curie hospice in Newcastle, was followed by a party at St James's Park, organised with support from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Mr Paterson, a Newcastle United fan, said: "She made sure she was there for that. That was Annalee all over. She wanted to make sure everybody had nice memories.

"She was my best friend. There are no words I can say to sum it up."

Mrs Paterson returned to the hospice after the celebration before being transferred to the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary on Monday, where she died with her husband at her bedside.

Determined that her husband and children Holly, 11, Troy, nine, Jodie, eight, Leona, six, and Tristan, five, should enjoy a trip to Disneyworld Florida, Mrs Paterson arranged for an online fundraising appeal to be launched.

Mr Paterson, who plans to take the children on their holiday of a lifetime next summer, said: "You could see how well liked she was because the page went up and it reached its target in the first day."

To date, the appeal has raised more than £10,000.

Mother-in-law Ginette Cuthbertson said: "She made an impression on everybody."

Despite being a busy mum and preparing to train as a midwife, Mrs Paterson found time to pursue her interest in running, which she shared with her husband.

The former carer was a member of Derwent Athletic Club and enjoyed half marathons and fell running, often taking her three dogs out on runs.

Mr Paterson, who works for ACP Concrete in Workington, said: "She was an outdoors person. She loved taking the kids to the lakes in the summer and enjoyed camping holidays."

She completed several races including the Great North Run for Diabetes UK after her brother-in-law Terry died of the condition four years ago.

Friends have set up a half marathon event, to take place in Lorton on January 7, in aid of Marie Curie, which supported Mrs Paterson in her final weeks.

She had hoped to attend herself and Mr Paterson, who plans to be at the event with the children, is urging people to support it.

He said: "If friends could support it it would mean a lot. I'd like to raise somewhere around what's been raised for the holiday for Marie Curie if I can.

"She was excited about the run. She was going to be wheeled down in her wheelchair."

A member of the King's Church, Cockermouth, Mrs Paterson gained a lot of strength from her faith in God, her husband said.

Roger Bye, of King's Church, said: "We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of Annalee. She was a very special person full of love, full of fun and full of care for others. She lived her all-too-short life with passion and to the full.

"She leaves a massive hole in people's lives, especially for Robert, her children and her wider family. She was part of our church community and we will miss her deeply.

"Our love and prayers go out to all the family at this tragic time."

Mrs Paterson's funeral will take place at All Saints' Church, Cockermouth at 1pm on Friday, August 18.

She leaves behind family including her husband and five children, mum Michaela, dad Colin, stepdad Pete and siblings Mark, Rhiannon, Hannah and Thomas.

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