Uncle leads tributes to Amy as hundreds pack funeral service

1/11/11 rs''Funeral of Amy Dougan at Portchester Crematorium. 27 yr old Amy died of leukaemia''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113876-3)
1/11/11 rs''Funeral of Amy Dougan at Portchester Crematorium. 27 yr old Amy died of leukaemia''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113876-3)
Tristan Oliver, seven, with, far right, Simon Johnson, LTA head of region for the south west and Cllr Linda Symes

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MOURNERS turned out in their hundreds to pay their respects to a mum who lost her battle with cancer.

Amy Dougan’s funeral was a heart warming, personal service which was led by her uncle, Stephen Roberts.

Amy Dougan with her daughter Frankie Fitzmartin

Amy Dougan with her daughter Frankie Fitzmartin

Amy, 27, died on October 20 after a two-year fight against acute myeloid leukaemia and more than 200 people queued up outside to remember her yesterday.

A wicker coffin was carried into Portchester Crematorium covered in white lilies.

The ceremony started with John Legend’s Stay With You as the mourners packed into the chapel.

Amy, from Weevil Lane in Gosport, left behind her nine-year-old daughter Frankie, who didn’t want to attend the funeral.

Mr Roberts, said: ‘It’s a real honour and privilege for me to be here in front of you all.

‘Today, in this short time we have, we celebrate Amy’s life and express our thanks for having known her.

‘She was a special woman who created so much in such a small space of time and who will live on in our hearts.’

During the service, Amy’s brother, Joe, read out a poem and an instrumental version of Bruno Mars’ Amazing, Just The Way You Are was played.

‘Thankfully we have Francesca to remind us of one of the best things Amy ever did,’ Mr Roberts continued.

‘Francesca is at school today. She has shown such resilience and bravery for someone so young.’

Mr Roberts continued: ‘Amy spent the last two years of her time with us fighting leukaemia.

‘We were all with her all the way but she let us never forget it was her battle. She never expected us to fight it for her.

‘She was more concerned of how we felt than the pain she was enduring. Over her fantastic life, this is how Amy was.

‘She showed us that love and friendship will conquer everything and that our problems, small as they were compared to hers, could still be shared with her.

‘We as a family believe that she has gone to a better place where there is no suffering.’

The service finished with Amy’s favourite hymn Amazing Grace.

Over £3,000 has been raised for Cure Leukaemia since Amy died. Visit justgiving.com/amy-dougan.