TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘perfect wife, mother and best friend’ who lost her brave battle against a brain tumour.
Lynne Por Chin Roberts was surrounded by her family at her home in Adlington when she died on September 14.
The mother-of-two first suffered symptoms three years ago but by the time the cancer was diagnosed two years later it was inoperable.
Six months before she died Lynne married her partner of nearly 19 years, Geoff, at Chorley Register Office.
Her funeral service at St Joseph’s Church, in Anderton, was packed with mourners and her family have so far raised nearly £650 for St Catherine’s Hospice, in Lostock Hall, where she was treated.
Husband Geoff said the two first got together because of his love of food.
“Lynne’s parents were Chinese but she was born in Scotland and raised in Lancashire,” he said.
“She used to work at the family’s Chinese takeaway Five Star in Adlington and I used to call in.
“Despite going into a Chinese takeaway I used to order a English mixed grill.
“I subsequently found out Lynne used to called me ‘Mixed Grill Man’.
“We were like a jigsaw slotting together, we were just made for each other. She had such a lovely, bubbly personality, I started going in more and more.
“We started seeing each other but we kept our relationship quiet for 18 months but when we did come out Lynne’s family accepted me with open arms.” Geoff said their relationshp was complete with the birth of their two children Jasmin (11) and Adam (seven).
“Lynne was just an unbelievable mum,” he recalled. “She just fell into the role of being a mum so easily.
“She had a wicked sense of humour and whenever we went on holiday she would give all our stuff away. She was so generous.”
He said that the first signs that something was wrong came three years ago when she she started having headaches and suffered memory loss problems.
However it was nearly two years later that a family friend, Georgina Brennan, drove her to hospital and she was eventually diagnosed.
“They did a scan on her that night and they found a shadow on the brain,” he said. “She was admitted into hospital and a biopsy revealed the news that it was inoperable.
“For the last six months she started keeping little journals and videos for the kids
“In May we finally got married. I’d asked her that many times to marry me it was a bit of a running joke but I wanted to tie the knot to show her how much I loved her.”
Geoff gave up his job as an ice cream van driver to care for his wife and he’s now preparing for life as a single parent.
“There won’t be anyone else in my life, it will just revolve around the children”, he said.
“The children haven’t really had a full-time parent over the last 13 months, and I’m going to organise the little things we’ve not had time for.The kids have been a lot stronger than me, in some ways. Jasmin in particular talked with her mother a lot, and was prepared for the end when it came.
“When I look at them I see their mum in so many ways. I feel very lucky.”
Adam’s school, St Joseph’s in Anderton, organised a non-uniform day and raised £₤275 while Jasmin, who is part of the Chorley Marlins swimming club, took part in sponsored swimathon and raised another₤ £186.
It means they’ve now raised £647 for St Catherine’s.