HEARTBREAKING tributes have been paid to a “caring and bubbly” St Helens woman after she lost her brave cancer battle.
Avid Saints fan Louise Roughley passed away at Willowbrook Hospice on March 15 following a 15-month battle with bone cancer.
She was just 24.
Her mum Jeanette told how, even in the toughest of times, Louise had lived by her own motto - “have fun, whatever you do”.
She said: “Louise was always smiling and would do anything for anybody. She was very caring and bubbly and loved working as a nursery practitioner at Butterflies nursery.
“She always left an impression on people she met. There were more than 250 people at her funeral - a really nice turnout. Even her hairdresser came along.
“The day after her funeral we went in to Butterflies and the children released 24 balloons in her memory and sang songs for her. The balloons were all purple - her favourite colour. It was lovely, really touching.
“They’ve even asked us to go back to cut the ribbon when their butterfly garden is complete. The children were all very fond of her. She had a natural way with them - they all seemed to like attaching themselves to her.”
Louise, who would have turned 25 next month, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the end of 2011 and started a draining course of chemotherapy straight away.
Doctors had hoped to insert titanium rods into her leg to prevent the tumour from spreading but were forced to amputate last February after she broke her leg.
Sadly, the cancer still spread into her soft tissue and then her lungs - despite a second amputation procedure and further chemotherapy at Clatterbridge Cancer Hospital.
But Louise, of Haydock, supported by her mum, her boyfriend Karl Harris, dad Ian, brother Mark and sister Hannah, was delighted to realise her ambition of acting as her best friend’s bridesmaid on August 4 last year.
Jeanette added: “Louise had been aiming at that date for months - she was determined to go to Rachel’s wedding. She only finished her chemo and got her prosthetic leg the week before but managed to walk down the aisle with the help of crutches.
“We were all so proud of her. The reception venue was perfect for her too - Langtree Park.
“She remained positive right until the end, making cards for friends and family and baking cakes, and the doctors and nurses all tried their best for her. She was treated very well throughout - they couldn’t have done any more for her than they did.”