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Terminally ill woman who married love of her life in lockdown garden ceremony passes away

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A terminally ill Loughbrickland woman, who married the love of her life in their back garden in May has passed away.

Samantha Gamble and Frankie Byrne, who have been together for 12 years and share three children, had planned on tying the knot in Banbridge before the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those plans.

The couple, who were given special Executive permission to wed, eventually exchanged ‘I dos’ in May, in an intimate garden ceremony live streamed to close family members.

The couple were engaged two years ago, just months before Samantha’s cancer diagnosis, and had originally set a date of May 29 this year.

With their wedding at Banbridge Registry Office cancelled and Samantha’s condition worsening, the couple pushed forward their plans – and on May 22 the couple finally became husband and wife.

Sadly, Samatha’s brave battle for life came to an end earlier today (Sunday).

A funeral notice read: “Samantha Jane, darling wife of Frank, 34 Woodside Park Loughbrickland, Banbridge & much loved mum of Stephen and Jessica, dearest nanny of Luke, Sophia and Ella, beloved daughter of Kate & Noel & sweetest sister of Nicholas, William, Rachel & The Late Simon.

“Funeral from her home on Wednesday at 12 Noon to Banbridge New Cemetery. Please observe Social Distancing Guidelines.

“No Flowers please. Donations in lieu may be sent if desired to William Bell & Co, Funeral Directors, 23, Kenlis Street Banbridge BT32 3LR for The Southern Area Hospice. Very deeply regretted by the entire family circle. Peace Perfect Peace.”

It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest heart, that I let you all know our beautiful bride Samantha has passed…

Posted by Oh so fabulous on Sunday, August 30, 2020

Oh So Fabulous posting on social media said: “It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest heart, that I let you all know our beautiful bride Samantha has passed away.

“Many of you will remember her and Frankie’s plight to get married at the start of lockdown. Determination, will, pure love and devotion and an amazing family and friend support ….gave Samantha her wish.

“On behalf of us all we extend our deepest sympathy to Frankie and the family circle and all of Samantha”s vast army of friends. May she rest in peace.”

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