DESPITE the devastating news she had terminal cancer Carol Wainwright was determined to fight to the end.
She enjoyed precious time with family and friends before succumbing to a brain tumour aged 51.
Her devastated husband Chris said she didn’t want her illness unduly upsetting others and she planned her own funeral in the final weeks of her life.
She has requested ladies wear hats and no-one to wear black at the service next week.
Carol will be carried into church to the Love Theme from The Godfather and leaves to Sex and the City.
The film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be playing during the reception.
She started feeling ill while on holiday with Chris in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, in July.
After tests in the UK she was told she had a brain tumour early in August and then days later she was told her condition was terminal.
She died at Overgate Hospice, Elland, on December 28, surviving twice as long as expected.
It was the couple’s first holiday abroad for many years without their sons, Jonathan, 26, and Christian, 19, and they dreamed of of the future.
“On holiday I made a long list of things to do and within two or three weeks it was just gone,” said Chris, of Well Head, Halifax.
He became her full-time carer until she went into Overgate for a week’s respite break but she deteriorated and spent her final five weeks there.
Throughout her short illness she had been taken out on trips by family and friends.
“I still expect her to walk through the front door,” said Chris.
“It’s as if the last five months were never there - it has not sunk in.”
Carol was born in Halifax where she attended Holy Trinity Junior and Clare Hall schools.
She worked at what was the Halifax Building Society and in recent years at Thomas Cook in Halifax.
She was clerk to the governors at Holy Trinity Junior and Infant School and an examination invigilator at North Halifax Grammar School.
Mrs Wainwright also enjoyed making greetings cards and was also well known at craft fairs.
She had travelled extensively and Chris said they had visited 30 countries and islands together.
“But, because of the age of the boys, she thought her life was unfulfilled, said Chris, who works for the Lloyds Banking Group.
“The bank was really good and put me on compassionate leave and family and friends have been really supportive.”
The funeral is at noon on Tuesday at St Jude’s Church, Savile Park, Halifax, followed by committal and interment at Stoney Royd Cemetery.