HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to an ‘inspirational’ mum who kept a smile on her face despite a painful four-year breast cancer battle.
Paula Wright, 42, from Gleadless, died in St Luke’s Hospice with her husband John by her side.
Relatives and friends will wear bright colours for her funeral at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Friday and hits by Abba and Leona Lewis will be played at the celebration of Paula’s life.
Her grieving husband, self-employed electrician John, also 42, said: “We met when we were teenagers. Paula’s late dad, Paul Taylor, was manager of the Upper Heeley Working Men’s Club football team - and we became friends then. It was the only way I could get in the side.
“We were meant for each other.”
The couple married in 1991, and had children, Tom, 23, who now lives with his partner Danielle in Barnsley, and Jess, 19.
Paula, a travelling merchandiser for a greetings card company, was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 - but refused to let her world fall apart.
And when Tom and Danielle had their first child, Laila, in 2010, she became a doting grandma.
Paula was treated at Weston Park Hospital by Professor Robert Coleman went into remission in 2009.
She took part in the Race for Life in 2009 and 2010, in memory of her father, who also died from cancer.
John said: “Last September, she felt ill and tests showed the cancer had come back. Some of the treatment was horrendously painful but she always managed to keep a smile on her face.”
Her funeral will be followed by a wake at the Butcher’s Arms in Marsh Lane.
Mourners can donate to St Luke’s Hospice or Weston Park Hospital in Paula’s memory.