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Sad news from Mrs Howells

Rose (Zaghir) Howell’s granddaughter Laura has lost her battle with cancer.

Hello again all you wonder- ful readers of the Wellington News. I told you all about my latest troubles in the last instalment of my beautiful life when I broke the terrible news of my granddaughter’s illness. Well now the latest news is of the worst kind. Our brave little soldier, whose courage and determination in the face of adversity was a lesson to us all, has lost her battle with cancer.

Laura touched the hearts of so many people during her short life. We will always remember her smile that lit up the darkest of days , her courage, her sense of humour and her fun-loving ways.

Her parents Mr Paul How- ells and Mrs Lesley Howells have lost a precious daugh- ter.

Mr Richard Hall her hus- band lost the love of his life and his family in turn lost a daughter.

Mrs Melanie Owen lost a

sister, confidante and friend. Melanie’s daughters have lost an aunty who adored them and was adored by both in return. Part of the reason Laura and Melanie, loved me so much was because I had raised them from an early age. Whilst their parents were both working so hard I had to babysit many hours every day, week in week out, for many years. They were so grateful that they clubbed to- gether and gave me a beauti- ful plaque which read: - ‘To A wonderful Grand-


I’ve always loved you Grandma. Since I was a

the new QE hospital, Selly Oak, where she was under Mr Radley’s care. More locally, thanks goes to all nurses at: Apley Ward, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, especially Tina Grif- fiths (palliative care special- ist)

Not forgetting the won- derful caring and supportive nurses at the Severn Hos- pice where she spent the last weeks of her life. We shall never forget her and our hearts will forever hold the precious memories of what a wonderful teacher, wife, daughter and grand- daughter Laura was.

child sat on your knee You’ve taught me words of wisdom that mean so much for me. You’ll never judge or criticise because you were young once too

This verse is just for you Grandma to tell you I love you.

She was so young on- ly 31, with a bright future ahead of her in education. She loved to teach kids and they in turn loved her. At her funeral so many people turned out to see her off - she was well-loved by all and will be sadly missed. Paul, her father wanted to say: ‘Laura, my beautiful daughter, passed away aged thirty-one on Fifteenth Janu- ary at the Severn Hospice. This marked the end of a six year battle with this disease. She was so determined to stay with us she tried eve- rything to beat it but despite lengthy treatment including numerous operations in Bir- mingham , London and local hospitals - she lost her fight.

Her bravery so deserved a better outcome.’ As a family we would like to thank all friends and col- leagues who attended her funeral and thanksgiving ser- vice at Admaston Methodist Church, where she was mar- ried only a few years ago to her loving husband Richard. Penelope Stokes a life- long friend took the service at the church

The congregation’s gen- erous donations helped to raise more than £1500 for charity. Half went to the Sev- ern Hospice and half went to the Willow Foundation that helps give seriously ill peo- ple a day to remember. In Laura’s case this com- prised of a trip with her hus- band to Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant: The Fat Duck in London with an overnight stay at a nice hotel.

In a long list of helpers it is difficult to know where to start to thanking people:- Nic Renshaw and Rachel the Headmaster and all staff at Newdale School where

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> Left to right; Melanie Owen, Lesley Howells , Richard Hall, Laura Hall, Paul Howells, Mrs Howells.

Laura taught. So many young minds

would have been influenced by Laura’s wisdom, kind- ness and joyful nature. Thanks to all the staff at City Hospital, Birmingham, in particular consultants: Miss Singh and Mr Chan. The nurses and staff at

Goodbye my darling my heart is buried with you. I am continuing my cam- paign to raise funds for cancer research to beat this terrible disease that robs spouses of their partners and children of their parents. (All correspondence re- garding charity donations to be passed to Mrs Howells via the Wellington News. )

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