A PUB manager who died after a four-month battle with cancer has been described as “the perfect mum”.
Paula Groves, 43, died at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, on June 12 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in February.
Ms Groves ran the Dee Inn pub on Chester Road, in Flint, where she lived with her partner Tommy Quick and daughters Hollie, 20 and Steph, 21.
Hollie, along with her other older sister, Sam, 22, paid a loving tribute to their late mother. Hollie said: “Mum was one of those people who would do anything for anyone.
“She was everything to all of us.
“We always had a laugh with her and she’d always be taking the mickey out of us. It’s horrible to lose your mum, people say they understand what you’re going through but they’ve no idea until you lose your mum.”
Sam, who sometimes helped out behind the bar in the Flint pub, added that her mother was “very selfless”.
“You would never cross her, but she was the perfect mum,” she said
“It was always great working with her, she had a great taste in music too.”
Ms Groves, originally from Colwyn Bay, moved to Flint to run the Dee Inn in July 2013, with her partner of 24 years, Mr Quick.
Before moving to Flint, she had been a cleaner and the football mad Liverpool FC fan spent 10 years actively involved in running football teams with the North Wales Girls Football League. “Even when she became ill, she’d still come downstairs to give the Manchester United fans some ribbing,” Sam added.
“She just got on with her life despite her diagnosis. It didn’t change her, she was a battler.”
Dozens of tributes have poured in for Ms Groves on Facebook, something that has brought some comfort to the family.
“There have been many great Facebook comments, mum had only been in Flint a short time but it’s nice to see how popular she was here,” Hollie said.
Sam added: “We had a stack of cards and people came into the pub to pay their respects.
“We had nine cards on one day alone, with another six through the post.
“Mum was so popular in Flint.
“So many people have taken it upon themselves to look after us and make sure we’re okay.
“We’re just getting on with things, that’s the type of family we are, it’s what mum would have wanted.”
Ms Groves’ funeral service and committal will be held at Colwyn Bay Crematorium on Thursday, June 26 at 11.45am.
There will be family flowers only with donations towards the Oncology Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital preferred.
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