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A POIGNANT tribute has been paid to a former Bahrain resident who died following a two-year battle with lung cancer.

Briton Christine Parker passed away in England on February 20.

She leaves behind her husband Dave, a former president of the Bahrain Rugby Football Club, and the couple's daughters Sarah and Caroline.

Mrs Parker came to Bahrain in 1975 and worked for Gulf Air for 11 years before she moved to money brokers Tullett & Tokyo (now Tullett & Liberty) in 1986.

The couple left Bahrain in 2006 after more than 30 years and later settled in Burlton, North Shropshire.

Before returning to the UK, Mrs Parker had been a keen runner with the Bahrain Hash House Harriers (HHH), was a member of several women's teams who ran in the Bahrain Relay Marathon and also entered the Bahrain Half Marathon and Bahrain Marathon.

"Her last long run was the Great North Run in Newcastle, raising money for cancer research; that dreadful insidious disease that claimed her mum, Edna, and ultimately Chris herself after a courageous two-year battle," said Mr Parker.

He said she was diagnosed with lung cancer in December, 2010, despite never smoking.

"For a fit girl and non-smoker this was particularly difficult to understand," said Mr Parker.

"Nevertheless, in true Chris fashion she battled with all she had - Chris got cancer but cancer never got Chris."

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Geographic Code:7BAHR
Date:Feb 26, 2013
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