TRIBUTES have been paid to a dedicated mother and teacher who died just hours after family and friends held a celebration of her life.
Sandra Cragg’s family was dealt the devastating blow in January that she had terminal cancer.
She had already battled for over a year with breast cancer, finally getting the all-clear just before Christmas.
But after becoming ill in January she was diagnosed with terminal secondary cancer in the lungs, brain and liver.
Mrs Cragg was 54 when she died at Nightingale House Hospice on Tuesday, just hours after her friends and family had gathered for a celebration of her life.
Her daughter Sarah, 25, said she hung on long enough for her children to see her one last time.
She said: “I saw my mum every day while she was in the hospice. The only day I hadn’t been to see her was on the Tuesday because we were holding the celebration of her life.
“But we got a call at 11pm from my dad saying we need to get over. Myself and my brother, sister and dad had been together with her at her bedside for 10 minutes before she was gone.
“She waited for us and at least we all got to say I love you and had a last chance to say goodbye.”
Paying tribute to her mum, Miss Cragg added: “She was the most unselfish, caring and beautiful person you could meet.
“She lived for her family and we were her world and she was ours.
“We all know how much we loved each other.
“We are all a bit lost without her.
“She touched everyone she met and no one has ever had a bad word to say about her.”
Mrs Cragg, from Kingsmill, Wrexham, was a primary school teacher and in September she was given her dream job as head of the infants department at Victoria Primary School in Wrexham.
Miss Cragg said: “She was so dedicated to her job and absolutely loved it. She was so many pupils’ favourite teacher.
“I meet 16 and 17-year-olds now who say she was brilliant when she was their teacher.”
Mrs Cragg leaves her husband Peter, her two daughters Natalie and Sarah, her son Lewis and young grandson Jayden.