Friends of Strabane woman Tracey Coyle last night paid tribute to their late colleague, describing her as a brave woman who was determined to live life to the full.
Derry’s Pink Ladies group which Tracey Coyle was a member of with her mother Jo, said they would ensure Tracey’s memory lived on through the planned new radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin Hospital which Tracey had campaigned so fiercely to secure for the North West.
The 34 years-old passed away peacefully in her Ballymagorry home last Tuesday surrounded by the family she loved - her parents Colm and Jo, sister Claire and brothers Ciaran and Patrick.
Pink Lady Michelle McLaren said the group would never forget how much Tracey had touched their lives.
“Tracey did the trip to Belfast every week for radiotherapy during her treatment so no-one knew more than her how badly we need a radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin Hospital,” she said.
“Tracey spoke at our ‘Day of Action’ at the Guildhall and attended all of our trips to Stormont.
“Last year she came with us when we visited Nelson McCausland campaigning for fuel payments.”
But while Tracey was passionate to ensure that cancer patients got the best treatment possible - deep down Derry’s Pink Ladies say they will remember her for her bubbly personality and as a girl who loved going out with her friends.
“She loved being glamorous and girly,” said Michelle.
“Just last July Tracey became godmother to Rhea, she was so over the moon about the baby being born,
“Tracey was the organiser of us all, she was the first to offer to help and loved organising the decor for events.
“She was really looking forward to her sister’s wedding in June.
Tracey was almost five years in remission when she learned that her cancer had returned just before Christmas.
“She was a great support to everyone in the Pink Ladies,” said Michelle.
“Tracey was always upbeat, she took life as it came.
“She never complained or was in bad form.
“The day we found out Tracey had passed away we were all together in our meeting.
“It was a shock for everyone but we were glad that we were all together.
“We will remember her for her great fighting spirit and all the great nights out we had.”
On Tuesday night the Pink Ladies gathered for a poetry reading which they dedicated to the memory of Tracey.