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She'll be in all our She'll be in all our hearts for eternity.

Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk

BRAV AVA E cancer sufferer Susanne Lye knew she would always be treasured by her family.

Susanne, who had pancreatic cancer, was determined to spend Christmas at home with her loved ones.

But she died just days later, wearing a special eternity ring from loving husband Ken which she had unwrapped on December 25.

And she will be laid to rest with the ring - inscribed with the words "Love you always" - on her finger.

The Chronicle told Susanne's heartbreaking story on Christmas Eve. The mum-of-five was in Newcastle's Marie Curie Hospice as she was too ill to be at home and required constant medical assistance.

Yet the former support worker told how she was keen to be in her own home for the special day with Ken, 56, and children by her side.

Susanne's wish was granted and she spent December 25 at her home in Longbenton.

And Ken surprised her with the gold eternity ring.

And Ken surprised her with the gold eternity ring.

Now he is preparing for her funeral.

Ken said: "I bought her an eternity ring to go away with. Everyone was so emotional when she -Ken said: "I bought her an eternity ring to go away with. Everyone was so emotional when she opened it. It was absolutely amazing.

"We obviously knew that it was nearly her time and she passed away wearing the ring. She will be cremated wearing it."

mated wearing it."

Susanne, 52, had bravely Susanne, 52, had bravely battled her illness since she was diagnosed in September.

She told the Chronicle: "I feel it's important to be at home for Christmas as it's been a long time since I've been in my house.

"I'm planning on opening presents in the morning and then I will have a ing and then I will have a quiet afternoon as I don't want to overexert myself because I get very tired."

quiet afternoon as I don't want to overexert myself because I get very tired."

Susanne, who had seven grandchildren, had been suffering from severe stomach pains when she went to see medics and a subsequent CT scan revealed the fatal tumour.

grandchildren, had been suffering from severe stomach pains when she went to see medics and a subsequent CT scan revealed the fatal tumour.

Pancreatic cancer is often dubbed the 'silent killer' as a tumour does not usually cause any symptoms, which can make it difficult to diagnose early enough for curative treatment.

often dubbed the 'silent killer' as a tumour does not usually cause any symptoms, which can make it difficult to diagnose early enough for curative treatment.

Susanne's family brought forward a number of important occasions to ensure that she could be well enough to enjoy the day and be part of the event.

brought forward a number of important occasions to ensure that she could be well enough to enjoy the day and be part of the event.

Her son Craig and his fiancee, Jess Brown, are due to get married next December but decided to have a blessing last month. Staff at Marie Curie Hospice helped arrange the special ceremony.

mony. On Christmas Day Ken cooked dinner for the family, including children Daniel, 33, James, 28, Adam, 27, Craig, 22, and Chloe, 18, Susanne's sister Melanie and Craig's partner Jess.

Melanie and Craig's partner Jess.

"She passed away on December 29. I had just left her and she went 15 minutes later," he said.

December 29. I had just left her and she went 15 minutes later," he said.

"The staff said she heard my voice for the last time, she knew her passing was going to upset me so she went when I left. I take comfort in that."

my voice for the last time, she knew her passing was going to upset me so she went when I left. I take comfort in that."

Ken added: "We will miss her. She was always caring for others and she was a great wife, mother and grandparent.

miss her. She was always caring for others and she was a great wife, mother and grandparent.

"The grandkids always called her Mama and she was a special Mama to them."

called her Mama and she was a special Mama to them."

Susanne's funeral is on January 12 at the West Road Crematorium.

January 12 at the West R

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These family photos show the |moment Susanne Lye received an eternity ring from husband Ken, just days before she died

Susanne is surrounded by her loving relatives |for Christmas in this family photo

| Susanne, Ken and friends Heather |Brunskill and Dee Potts in the run-up to Christmas at the Marie Curie Hospice

Ken described Susanne as a |caring wife, mother and gran
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