Mum died before marrying childhood sweetheart

Published date: 17 April 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman
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Janine Roberts and Peter Davies 

A FAMILY has paid a moving tribute to a woman who died the day before being due to marry her childhood sweetheart.

Janine Roberts, 39, died following her battle with cancer while she and her partner Peter Davies were preparing to tie the knot.

The couple, who had four children and were together 26 years, had decided to marry as soon as possible during one of their final conversations together.
But she died during the night before their big day.

The Mold family, from Lon Yr Osaf, spoke to the Leader of Janine’s undying love, bubbly personality, and the joy she found working in the community as a carer for 19 years.
“Family was her life,” Peter said.
“She would spend her last penny on her children and she stayed laughing and joking until the end.
“We went camping all over Wales which she loved. She was happy and bubbly and she was a rock. She worked as a carer for Homecare and really enjoyed what she did.

“She nursed me back to health following a motorcycle accident too.
“Towards the end she was in a lot of pain but she never moaned.
“We had decided to get married as soon as possible in case anything happened and we had planned to do it the very next day but she died during the night.
“Her smile would light up a room and she will be sadly missed.”

The couple had both attended Alun School, Mold, and Peter, 45, revealed Christmas was always a special time for Janine.
“She loved Christmas and would always make a big thing out of it,” he added. “She enjoyed walking our dog Jake as well.
“They would walk for miles together in and around the area. She loved animals.”

The music lover, who died on April 8 at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, attended concerts to see her pop idol, Jon Bon Jovi, and helped with many charity events over the years.
She enjoyed good times with lifelong friend Tracy Daly and Janine’s eldest son, also called Peter, 23, said his mother inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a firefighter.

“She was always there for us and I was always laughing with her,” he said. “She did everything for me and she thought of others before herself.
“She was very strong willed and determined. She inspired me to go after my dream.”
Janine’s second son, Jordan, 20, added: “She would always see the good side of things.”

Her mother Pauline recollected one occasion when, as a child, she saw her daughter dressed brightly in a new summer dress walking down the street with a net in one hand and a jar of sticklebacks in the other.
“She was as black as the ace of spades,” she said.
“But she was never a girly girl when she was young, she loved doing things like that.”

Janine’s sister, Emma Forster, added: “I can remember dancing to Bananarama with her in the garden.
“She loved music and that is one of my favourite memories of her.”
Friends released balloons for Janine last week at the Glasfryn pub in Mold and Emma said they had formed the letter ‘J’ as they floated into the distance.
“It was like she was there,” she said.

The family expressed thanks to the nurses and surgeons who helped Janine during her stays at the Maelor Hospital and Whiston in Liverpool, as well as to all well wishers.
She also leaves another son Kieran, 16 and daughter Sophie, 13, as well as 14 nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Mold, on Tuesday at 10.45am.

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