Tribute paid to 'super gran'
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010
A BRIXINGTON super-gran, diagnosed with terminal cancer who defied her illness by organising a whirlwind of charity events to help other sufferers, has died. Selfless Pat Coles, of Pines Road, died on November 6, surrounded by her family. The grandmother-
A BRIXINGTON super-gran, diagnosed with terminal cancer who defied her illness by organising a whirlwind of charity events to help other sufferers, has died.Selfless Pat Coles, of Pines Road, died on November 6, surrounded by her family. The grandmother-of-three had bravely battled against a gall bladder tumour, which had spread.In true Pat nature - determined until the end - she died on her and husband John's 43rd wedding anniversary.Pat's daughter, Lynn Tanton, 40, of Marpool Crescent, this week paid tribute to the woman her family called an 'excellent' mother, wife, grandmother and Exmouth-born 'dancing queen'."She fought the cancer for longer than they gave her," said Lynn. "She was quite poorly but she waited until her wedding anniversary. It was quite poignant and lovely for dad. We gave her and dad cards, although she was unconscious and wasn't aware."She was such fun. Everyone will remember her for her laughter. She had quite a cackle on her. She was always happy and thinking of others."The Brixington grandmother, who was diagnosed with cancer in December 2007 after collapsing while Christmas shopping, was first featured in the Journal in April when daughter Lynn and granddaughter Danielle brought forward their summer birthday celebrations so Pat could join in.The joint 21st and 40th Pavilion birthday bashes soon became fundraisers for Cancer Research UK and Force - two charities who helped Pat during her illness. Scores of friends, family and local businesses helped raise more than £4,300 - turning the party into a triple celebration.In April 2008, Pat, a founder of the Instep dancing team - raising cash for charity by dancing for care homes - told the Journal: "The only way to find a cure for others is by raising funds."Daughter Lynn said the fundraising for other sufferers was one of the legacies her mother had left behind."The party was really a celebration of her life. "She didn't want to miss our birthdays. "She fought to fit in everything she wanted to do this year. She was so strong.