A 39-YEAR-old woman has died, leaving her family devastated.
Marcia Ashbrook, of Cornist Drive, Flint – who defied the odds after her parents were told she would only live 12 months after she was born – died in hospital on Monday, May 26, with a severe infection.
Her childhood sweetheart Paul Wilson, 38, was said to be in a “bad way” following the death of his partner of 24 years.
Devoted Liverpool FC fan Marcia was born with spina bifida and had to use a wheelchair.
Two years ago she caught a hospital bug, MRSA, and lost one of her legs as a result – which her mother Nerys Ashbrook described as a turning point in her life.
“She lost her leg two years ago and she went downhill after that,” said Mrs Ashbrook, 72.
“She was a happy girl and enjoyed to go out.
“I can’t get my head around her death.
“I never thought she wouldn’t be coming out of hospital.”
Marcia had been “in and out of hospital for years” and the latest visit was due to her having a water infection.
Mrs Ashbrook added: “We were going to put on a surprise party for her 40th birthday in August.
“She was just a wonderful girl who enjoyed life.”
Mrs Ashbrook said Mr Wilson was devastated at the loss, and Marcia had been in a relationship with him since they met while going to school in Buckley.
“She had six nieces and nephews and two brothers and one sister who all loved her to bits,” she said.
“And she loved her dog, Duke.”
A funeral service will take place at St Mary and St Peter’s Church in Bagillt on Friday, followed by interment at New Brighton Road Cemetery.
The request is for family flowers only and anyone wishing to make a donation can do so.
Funds will go towards Glan Clwyd Hospital and the North wales Ambulance Service.
The family has also requested people to wear bright colours to the funeral, which will start at 10.30am.