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Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Much-loved' mother-of-three who died just 19 days after husband is laid to rest

Angela Rainey

Published 02/06/2016 | 11:47

Frankie and Donna Brown (Inset: Donna and their son Kyle)
Frankie and Donna Brown (Inset: Donna and their son Kyle)

A devoted mother-of-three who passed away only 19 days after her husband has been laid to rest.

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Donna Brown died suddenly on May 24. She was buried by her family yesterday.

It followed the death of Frankie (46), the love of her life, who passed away after a short illness.

The couple, from Monkstown in Newtownabbey, are survived by their children Lucinda (23), 15-year-old Frankie Jr and Kyle (14).

A service was held at Wilton's Funeral Home on Shore Road in Belfast yesterday.

Family and friends gathered to say their farewells to the "much-loved" 48-year-old grandmother.

Frankie and Donna Brown
Frankie and Donna Brown

In the eulogy Reverend Glen Jordan talked of Mrs Brown's popularity, and how she loved to talk to others.

The congregation also heard that Mrs Brown was a dedicated mother and grandmother who was besotted with her young grandson, as well as her own children.

At the sombre event mourners sang the traditional hymns Abide With Me and The Lord's My Shepherd as part of the order of service, which also included a reading of Psalm 121 by Rev Jordan.

Around 100 people, including teenage friends of both Frankie Jr and Kyle, came to offer support.

Kyle with mum Donna
Kyle with mum Donna

Both boys showed immense courage, remaining composed as they helped carry their mother's coffin on the way to her final resting place.

Wreaths comprised mainly of white flowers and yellow roses were displayed on top of the coffin before being put into the hearse, the most prominent and heartbreaking spelling out the word 'Mum'.

Mrs Brown was buried in Carnmoney Cemetery.

Afterwards the funeral mourners were invited to the Wee Blues Club in Rathcoole to celebrate her life.

A JustGiving campaign that was set up to support Mrs Brown's children is currently just short of £4,000, but remains open to donations for another three weeks for those wishing to contribute.

Belfast Telegraph

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