'Heart of gold' mum from Flint struck down by cancer

Published date: 07 April 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a mum with a “heart of gold”.

Maxine Martin, 45, died just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer following a visit to a doctor suffering with a bad back.

Her cousin April Bridge said Maxine and her 17-year-old daughter Kayleigh never had a real chance to say goodbye.

Ms Bridge said: “It all happened so fast and it was such a shock.

“It was cruel because she is such a loving person.

“She had no quality time with her daughter. The pain was so horrific she wasn’t really given any time to be with her.”

Ms Bridge said Kayleigh was trying to stay strong following the tragedy.

She said: “Kayleigh’s quite strong but she and her mum had such a strong bond.

“She was a fabulous mother. Maxine  was a really loving person.”

Maxine spent her life growing up with cousins April and Dawn, and April said they were more like sisters.

She said: “It’s very sad as everything I did was with her and my sister Dawn. We were the Three Musketeers.

“We grew up from school together. Everything I did she did with me.

“She had a heart of gold.”

Tributes poured in for Maxine after she died, on Sunday, March 23, with hundreds of posts on Facebook mourning her death.

Ms Bridge said she was very well known in Flint, where she was born and bred, and her funeral service at St Mary and St David’s Parish Curch in the town was packed.
She said: “She never had an enemy. She got on with absolutely everyone.

“There was nothing about her that you wouldn’t like. She was really bubbly.”

Maxine worked at Always There Home Care, where she was a hardworking and popular figure. Some of the elderly people she helped attended her funeral.

She leaves behind her dad Glyn and his partner Sue, who live in Holywell, and was much loved by her late mother Marilyn.

She also leaves behind her brother Darryl and sister-in-law Natalie.

Ms Bridge also expressed her thanks for donations at the funeral for a collection towards the Oncology Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital.

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