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11/11/2015

Tragic mum loses brave cancer battle weeks after emotionally renewing her wedding vows

A mum has lost her brave battle with terminal cancer - just nine weeks after emotionally renewing her wedding vows.

Carol Morby and husband Kevin renewed their vows on September 5 this year, 33 years after they first tied the knot at Middlesbrough Register Office.

Diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in May 2014 and having been told in April this year it was terminal, Carol wasn’t going to let it stop her having the white weddingshe yearned for.

Retired firefighter Kevin used Twitter to share the sad news of Carol’s death, reports the Gazette.

He wrote: “Just before midnight on 08/11 Carol unfortunately lost her fight against cancer. From the bottom of my heart thanks for the support.”

Four days ago, Kevin reflected on his wife’s inspirational courage in facing up to the disease.

He tweeted: “Macmillan nurses and district nurses Middlesbrough, cannot praise them enough.

"Carol is now on her last stretch in what has been a horrendous 18 month for her.

"She battles still and won’t give in, drifting in and out of deep sleeps due to medication and still no complaint.

"So cancer, if you want her, you’re gonna have to go the extra miles. My Carol ain’t budging.”

Sadly, Carol - a mum-of-three and gran-of-four - died peacefully at home in Park End at seven minutes to midnight on Sunday.

Kevin said: “She was always more concerned about her family and friends than herself - she’d always take the hit.

“It’s sad but we all know she’s in a better place. She battled and battled - I don’t know where she got the strength from.”

Kevin said Carol, 54, was a great knitter and baker, adding: “Over the years, there won’t have been many kids in Park End who hadn’t worn something she’d knitted, or had some of her chocolate cake!

"And where she worked at TK Maxx, she was a mother hen to the young girls.

"She was just that sort of woman.”

Kevin, a Middlesbrough councillor for 12 years before stepping down in May to help care for Carol, said his wife’s legendary caring side was evident right until the end.

He said: “She’d tell anyone who’d listen that if they were having any health problems, they had to get themselves checked out - don’t wait until it’s too late.”

Carol and Kevin Morby
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And the wedding vow day? “When she was diagnosed, she set herself achievable goals and that was the first.

“And as it worked out, if it hadn’t happened in the week it did, I don’t think we’d have managed it at all. It was meant to be.”

Scaffolders’ labourer Kevin, 58, says Carol died just seven minutes short of achieving another of those goals.

He explained: “I’m pretty sure she heard us whispering that she might struggle to last the weekend, so we think she had midnight on Sunday in her sights, as if to say ‘I made it!’ But she was only seven minutes short, so we’ll give her that one.”

And caring to the last, Carol left Kevin detailed instructions about what happens now - including planning her own funeral to the smallest detail to take the burden off her family.

Kevin said: “In 18 months, she never, ever complained about the tumour. She knew it was there but she didn’t complain about it.

“All she wanted to do was help people.”

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