HUNDREDS of heartbroken family and friends have said their final goodbyes to a teenager who died of cancer just three weeks after she was diagnosed.
Nicole Powell, who was 19, died in the early hours of Sunday, April 6, in her mother’s arms three weeks after being told she had incurable adrenal cancer which had spread through her body.
About 400 people gathered at St Giles Church, dressed in bright clothing to pay their final respects to Nicole and celebrate her life.
The Canon John Lomas, leading the service, described Nicole as “one in a million” and who was “remarkably brave”.
He said: “It was a life to short, but a life well lived.”
During a moving service readings and prayers were given by Cannon Lomas and songs such as The Scientist by Coldplay were played.
The hymns also sung at the service were Abide With Me and The Old Rugged Cross.
As the coffin was carried out of the church the song Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey was played in dedication to Nicole and her boyfriend Bobby Christopher.
Speaking to the Leader before the funeral, Nicole’s mum Tammy Forward, who lived with her daughter in Caia Park, said the diagnosis was a “complete shock”.
Nicole was taken into the The Christie specialist cancer hospital in Withington, Manchester, days before her tragic death where she deteriorated quickly.
She died surrounded by her family and in her mother’s arms.
Mrs Forward said: “She was so brave and fought until the end. She never once complained about the pain she was in.”
“She was so lovely and will be missed by us all, she had a heart of gold.
“She could be feisty and was a straight as a die, and we loved her.”
Nicole leaves behind her mum and dad Tammy and Mark, siblings Nick, Kirsty, Ryan, Dale, Emily and Keira and boyfriend Bobby, 21, also of Caia Park.
After the funeral at St Giles there was a committal at the Pentrebychan Crematorium.