ANN-MARIE Noble – the courageous RAF training officer whose life was tragically cut short by cervical cancer at the age of 32 – will receive a full military funeral.
The full RAF ceremony will be held on Monday at 11.30am at St John Vianney’s RC Church, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.
Inspirational Ann-Marie will be given a full gun salute by fellow service personnel during a burial at West View Road Cemetery, which will also include military pall-bearers and The Last Post being played.
Ann-Marie’s devastated family spoke to the Mail for the first time since the untimely death of the brave flight lieutenant, who passed away at Hartlepool and District Hospice on Sunday.
Her distraught dad Mick Walsh, 53, of West View Road, said: “Ann-Marie was beautiful, she had a fantastic nature and she cared about others.
“She was 32 years old with the world at her feet, with a fantastic career, then this happens, there’s no justice.”
The family wanted to thank hundreds of well-wishers, many of whom are strangers, who donated money and experiences to help fulfil Ann-Marie’s “bucket list” of things she wanted to do before she died.
Mick, who works for town firm Seymour Civil Engineering, added: “Even when she was ill she was still trying to get the message across she would say all the time while doing her bucket list, ‘if only one person listens to me and goes and gets a vaccination or goes and gets checked then it’s all been worthwhile’.
“She said the same thing to Terry Wogan when she met him, ‘if someone can save themselves then that’s something good that’s come out of it’.
“She always put other people ahead of herself.”
Mick, married to Ann-Marie’s mum Ann, 53, added: “Even when she was still ill she was trying to plan things.
“She went into the hospice on the Tuesday but her and her mum and a friend went and had a spa day on the Monday before she died.”
Mick said: “We would like to thank everybody on behalf of Ann-Marie for all the things she did on her bucket list, everyone who donated, including my company and Ann’s, Helen McArdle Healthcare, and people for their valued donations.
“It meant such a lot to Ann-Marie and to us.”
The family ask that donations are made to the RAF Benevolent Fund in lieu of flowers.