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You can rest in peace now, my princess: sister's message to tragic Charlene who died of cancer

By Cate McCurry

Published 09/10/2015

Charlene Campbell (left) and her young sister Louise Lawson
Charlene Campbell (left) and her young sister Louise Lawson
Charlene Campbell, who died on Wednesday following a short battle with cancer, and her sister Louise Lawson
Charlene and her daughter Myla who died in 2010

The sister of a young mother who died following a short battle with cancer five years after her baby daughter died from the same disease has paid tribute to her "beautiful" sibling who went through a "tough journey".

Portadown woman Charlene Campbell (33) was diagnosed with breast cancer in March and passed away in hospital early on Wednesday.

Her sister, Louise Lawson, left a tribute on Facebook hours after Charlene died. "My beautiful sister loved by everyone, you have had a tough journey," she wrote. "You can rest in peace now princess. Love you always and forever."

She shared photographs of the pair together with a simple message: "Love her so, so much."

In February 2010, Charlene was left heartbroken when her baby daughter, Myla, died in her arms aged just one year and 12 days.

Despite the infant's troubles, she was known as 'Smyla Myla' for her cheery disposition.

As news of Charlene's death spread over social media, hundreds of mourners took to Facebook to leave their tributes.

Charlene, who was a sales negotiator for Hannath Estate Agents in Portadown, was known for her beauty and vibrant personality.

Michael Hannath, a friend and colleague, described how the firm had suffered a great loss with the death of their "beautiful friend".

"Charlene's zest for life, bubbly personality and glowing smile made her very popular with clients," he said.

"There have been a mass of beautiful tributes paid to her through our office over the past two days from people who had bought and sold houses with her.

"The common theme is how friendly and helpful Charlene was, and so many people have commented on her bright infectious smile.

"It feels like the entire community has been affected by this tragically sad loss.

"Charlene was a stunning person inside and out, and we feel very privileged to have shared the past three years with her.

"She was an inspiration with her positive vibrant approach to life and the very brave and courageous way in which she dealt with the unfair challenges life put in front of her. She will be desperately missed by all of her work family here at Hannath Estate Agents.

"I hope that we can remember Charlene, not in grief but in admiration of the very determined and wonderfully positive way that she lived her life and inspired us all."

Charlene had attempted to fight her cancer with holistic remedies and through a strict organic diet, but she finally underwent surgery to have her breast removed in August when the tumour was continuing to grow rapidly.

She had just returned from a short break in Barcelona with her aunt, Liz Beggs, when a scan to explore a back pain revealed the dreaded news that the cancer had spread to her liver. A week later, it had spread to her spine.

Just over two weeks ago, Charlene became bedridden with pain, and was last Sunday admitted to hospital where she passed away.

A private service will be held for her in her parents' home in Portadown today, followed by a service at Tandragee Baptist Church at 11am. She will then be laid to rest beside her baby in Kernan Cemetery, Portadown.

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