A brother and sister have said they will remember their mum as a “brave, beautiful and happy lady” following her sudden death from cancer.
Marie Fenton died in Ninewells Hospital, two years after being diagnosed with rare cancer of the appendix.
Just last week the 50-year-old former head teacher, from Carnoustie, spoke to the Tele about her fundraising campaign to buy equipment for people undergoing chemotherapy who feared losing their hair.
Her daughter Suszi, 20 and son Mickey, 21 said they would continue the campaign in their mum’s name.
They said that although Marie had terminal cancer and was given only six to 12 months to live in February this year, the end came very suddenly.
Suszi said: “Mum told us she was going into hospital for an appointment last Thursday, telling us she would be home by teatime.
“She ended up being admitted and never got home again.
“We knew mum was very ill but we weren’t expecting this just now.”
But she said she suspected her mother knew her time was near.
“It was so like her to try to protect us right to the end,” she said.
“She never gave in to her illness and fought it all the way.
“We think she realised that her time was close because she had everything in place, even down to having done a food shop for us.”
Son Mickey said: “Mum was a caring, selfless, happy lady who was always doing stuff for other people.
“She didn’t let her illness get her down and it was so typical of her to launch her campaign at this time while she was so ill herself.
“She was brave, beautiful and always so full of life and lived life with all her heart. That’s how we will remember her.”
Marie was born in Coatbridge but moved with her parents to Aberdeen when she was two.
She studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and for many years ran her own fine art firm in Carnoustie, MTF Design.
About 12 years ago she trained to be a teacher and taught at St Thomas Primary School, Arbroath, before moving to become head teacher at St Margaret’s Primary in Montrose four years ago.
Marie’s cancer of the appendix was diagnosed in December 2016.
She underwent a series of gruelling treatments but in February she was told her cancer was terminal.
Last week Marie revealed that she had launched her fundraising campaign to buy a “coolcap” machine for Ninewells Hospital.
Coolcaps are used to prevent cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy from losing all of their hair.
She said: “Using the scalp cooling machine allowed me to keep my hair all the way through chemo treatment, giving hope to those I love and who love me.
“I still looked like me rather than some withered shadow of my previous self.
“I want to buy another one for the hospital to allow other cancer patients to keep their identity while going through treatment.”
Suszi and Mickey said the family would continue to raise money for the machine in Marie’s honour.
Suszi said: “She started this and we want to continue with it as a lasting legacy to her. Any extra money will also go to Ninewells to help other patients.
“Mum would be so happy we are doing this.”
To donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/marie-fenton.