SHE had planned to tie the knot with the love of her life next year.
But Emma Parsons’ life was tragically cut short after losing her two-year battle against cervical cancer.
Her partner, Lisa Richmond, said her final goodbyes at a poignant funeral service at St George’s Church, in Portsea, before Emma was laid to rest at Kingston Cemetery, in Kingston Road.
Lisa described her as a’real fighter’.
‘She didn’t want to show anyone else her pain,’ she said.
‘When she was diagnosed, it was totally unexpected.
‘I was completely devastated but she didn’t want it to get her down.
‘She was one of the funniest people I had ever met.
‘She loved socialising and her friends meant so much to her.’
The couple, from Hawke Street, Portsea, had been together for three-and-a-half years before Emma passed away on November 23.
They were engaged and looking to tie the knot.
Lisa, who was her partner’s full-time carer during her fight with the disease, said: ‘We were engaged and had planned on getting married next year. We wanted to do something really special to mark it.
‘Now she’s been taken away from me. There’s a massive hole left in my life and I don’t know what to do with myself.’
Friends have also come forward to pay tribute to the larger-than-life character, who worked as a kitchen assistant at Arundel Court Junior and Infant Schools, in Northam Street, Landport.
Makayla Simmonds, 41, head of kitchen staff at the schools, said: ‘I used to go out clubbing and go to the bingo with her, she was such a laugh.
‘She was so bubbly and full of life.
‘We were pretty close friends, I had known her for seven years.
‘Emma and Lisa were a great couple.
‘It’s so sad because she was so young.
‘She was due to celebrate her 35th birthday six days later.’
Michelle Gubbs, 47, assistant cook, added: ‘There were loads of people at the funeral. I used to love having a drink with her.’