Three kids grieve for mum

Happy times: mum and dad Justien and Mark, with Chelsea, Aiden and Jessica on holiday in Land's End
Happy times: mum and dad Justien and Mark, with Chelsea, Aiden and Jessica on holiday in Land's End
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A LOVING mum and wife who battled bravely against breast cancer has lost her fight for life at just 39.

Justine Halliday, of Siddal, Halifax, remained positive throughout her near-three-year battle and leaves a devastated family and friends.

Husband Mark, children Chelsea, 11, Aiden, eight, and Jessica, five, now face life without the light of their lives.

Mrs Halliday worked from home as a child minder until being diagnosed in August 2008.

She endured bouts of treatment and thought

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she was winning the battle but at the beginning of this year the cancer returned with a vengeance.

“She had had good results and things were looking up again until the first week of January,” said Mr Halliday, 40.

“It was a rollercoaster battle against cancer but she never stopped fighting and she had a lot to live for with three young kids.

“She was bubbly and popular with everybody who knew her.”

Despite her illness, Mrs Halliday had been a governor at Siddal Primary School for 18 months and regularly helped out at school.

The family have been touched by the goodwill messages from the school and wider community.

“She always put on a brave face for everyone but deep down she was suffering,” said Mr Halliday.

“However much you try and prepare, you cannot prepare enough for the outcome. I do not think it has hit me yet.”

Mr Halliday said his aim was to support his children through difficult times. His wife would have been 40 in August.

“The goal is to get through the next few months and then get Christmas out of the way,” he said.

“We will all miss her. Cancer affects everybody.”

Mr Halliday, a transport manager for Southowram poultry firm Peter Gradon, has had to cut his hours and said the firm had been very supportive.

The family support the work of cancer charities. Mr Halliday has run the Leeds 10K Jane Tomlinson Run for All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and last year daughter Chelsea ran the Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Mrs Halliday, nee Hepworth, originally from Pontefract, also leaves her parents Richard and Janet.

The funeral is on Wednesday at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland, at 2.15 pm, with donations in lieu of flowers to the Macmillan Nurses Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.