TRIBUTES have been paid to a “devoted” mother and fitness instructor who has died from cancer, aged 38.
Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Roberts, of Julius Close, Flint, leaves behind her three children, who have been described as “her world”.
Ellie, who had worked for Flintshire Council for 18 years as a fitness instructor and exercise referral co-ordinator, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August.
Her colleagues have also paid tribute to her, describing her as “hugely popular” and “respected”.
Her devastated family said the death would leave a big hole in their lives.
Ellie’s mother, Joy Parry, 63, said her daughter was a “great friend to a lot of people”.
“She will leave one hell of a hole – not just for her family, but also for her work colleagues. She always put others first,” said Mrs Parry.
“She was a devoted mother – they were always first.
“They were her world and she was theirs.”
Despite the family accepting Ellie’s fate after she was diagnosed with the illness, they said they were not expecting her death so soon.
Ellie, whose memory will live on through her children Jordan Boswell-Jones, 21, Lewis Boswell-Jones, 16, and six-year-old Kai Roberts, died in Holywell Community Hospital last Thursday, one day after being taken there.
She also leaves behind her father, Eric Parry, 67, brother Neil Parry, 41, and sisters Louise Parry, 43, and Amanda Eremie, 43.
Amanda described her sister as a great animal lover who adored her cat and four dogs.
Amanda, who lives in Brighton, Sussex, said she was “extremely close” to her younger sister.
Mike Welch, Flintshire Council’s principal leisure services officer, said: “Ellie was a hugely popular and respected member of Leisure Services who for 18 years was committed to improving people’s health and wellbeing through her initial role as a fitness instructor and, in recent years, as the co-ordinator for the National Exercise Referral Scheme.
“She will be much missed by all her colleagues and our thoughts and condolences are with her family during this difficult time.”
A celebration of Ellie’s life will take place at St Mary’s RC Church in Flint tomorrow, to be followed by committal at Pentrebychan Crematorium, Wrexham.
The family has said they do not want any “mourning colours” to be worn adding: “Ellie loved any opportunity to get dressed up.”
Any donations received in her memory will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool.