AN inspirational woman was laid to rest after she tragically lost her battle against cancer.
Mourners packed into St Peter’s Church, in Wolviston, yesterday to pay their respects to much-loved Mandy Short.
People travelled from all over the country and even France to attend her funeral.
It was proof of how many people’s lives she touched during her tragically short life of 40.
Mandy, who was born in Hartlepool, showed amazing bravery after she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time early last year.
The mum-of-three successfully battled breast cancer six years ago.
But the disease returned and spread to her brain, and she was given just six months to live in March.
The Reverend Andrew Craig paid tribute to Mandy’s determination and constant positive attitude towards life.
“Her attitude was to live in the present, live for the moment,” said Rev Craig.
He added: “Above all she loved her family, she loved her children and did her very best for all three of you.”
Mandy, who lived in Billlingham, was immensely proud of her children’s achievements.
Daughter Christie Short, 16, represented Great Britain in Sweden showing ponies when she was just nine and has performed at the Shetland Pony Grand National at the Olympia Horse Show.
Son Billy Short, 14, is captain of Billingham Rugby Club and youngest daughter Polly Scaife is another promising rider at eight-years-old.
Rev Craig said: “You are a credit to her and you now are her legacy in the world. I’m sure you will do her proud.”
She was laid to rest in a wicker coffin and her some of her favourite songs were played during the service including Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, and Spirit in the Sky.
Mandy, who was a trained childminder, was described as the “life and soul of the party” who could be spontaneous and battled cancer bravely.
Just a week before she died, she left her room at the Butterwick Hospice to see Polly’s new bedroom and climbed the stairs against all expectations.
She was able to enjoy a perfect holiday to Center Parcs with her children and other family members thanks to well-wishers’ fundraising efforts.
Mandy, whose maiden name was Emmerson, was brought up in Torquay Avenue in Hartlepool and attended Brierton Community School before working as a hairdresser.
Half of the proceeds of a church collection will go to Stockton’s Butterwick Hospice which cared for Mandy.
Her family also asked people make a donation to the charity instead of giving flowers.