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Tragic mum's last wish granted

PUBLISHED: 23:10 17 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:40 03 March 2010

DETERMINED to the very end, a courageous mum lived to have one last wish granted - to see her little girl in her first school uniform.

Brave Kesgrave mum Tracy Miller, 31, died just days after kitting out her four-year-old daughter Penny for her first day at Cedarwood primary school after a three-year battle against cancer.

DETERMINED to the very end, a courageous mum lived to have one last wish granted - to see her little girl in her first school uniform.

Brave Kesgrave mum Tracy Miller, 31, died just days after kitting out her four-year-old daughter Penny for her first day at Cedarwood primary school after a three-year battle against cancer.

In a moving tribute her heartbroken husband Paul told how she went shopping for "bits and bobs" despite the crippling pains of a terminal brain tumour, which finally claimed her life on September 14.

"She did manage to see her in her school uniform - that's what she was waiting for," said Mr Miller, 32, of Battles Lane. "She set herself targets that she had to do and she did them."

Another landmark the former Farlingaye High pupil willed herself to experience three weeks before her death was a celebration meal for the couple's 11th wedding anniversary. By then she was in a wheelchair.

Mrs Miller, a tax assistant for Eastern Electricity, was first diagnosed after collapsing in December 1999.

Doctors treated her with arduous programmes of radiotherapy and chemotherapy and tumour seemed to disappear.

The talented singer and guitar player, who used to play in pubs around her home village of Eyke, near Woodbridge, rallied enough to organise family parties for her parents' 60th birthdays and their 40th wedding anniversary before the tumour returned in a more aggressive form nine months later.

Family holidays to Center Parcs, Thetford, and to Hopton holiday village became all important.

"She struggled through because of Penny," added Mr Miller, a transport manager with Securicor, based in Felixstowe. "Holidays were always memorable because they were so deserved."

Long monthly trips for treatment at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge followed before a collapse on the Jubilee Bank Holiday heralded a final few weeks. In August doctors told her family, who had moved with her to her parents house in Eyke to care for Mrs Miller, that nothing more could be done.

"She fought it to the very end," said her mum Ann Whatling. "I never once heard her complain. When we knew she was in pain she never complained.

"She was always ready to get up to go and to do everything she felt she had to do with Penny. The words to describe her are amazing and inspirational."

All her family praised the "fantastic" efforts of medical staff who treated Mrs Miller, including the Hospice at Home team from St Elizabeth Hospice, Macmillan nurses and Wickham Market district nurses.

There will be a celebration of Mrs Miller's life at Eyke Church, where she was both christened and married, on September 19 at 11.30am.

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