Family tributes to their beloved Jemma Jukes
MOURNERS gathered to pay tribute to a newly-wed 24-year-old who died after a battle with leukaemia.
Jemma Jukes passed away on December 6 after losing her fight against the disease.
Yesterday dozens of Jemma's family and friends came together for her funeral at Weston Mill Crematorium.
Jemma's elder brother, Lee, read a moving tribute to her during the service.
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He said: "You touched the hearts of so many people. You had a fantastic personality and you loved to laugh.
"We were such a close family and shared a lot together.
"We were so excited when you were born, you were so beautiful with your rosy cheeks and dark hair.
"When you were young we spent a lot of time going on trips. You would always want an ice cream although most of it ended up on your face."
Songs by Coldplay and Westlife were played in the chapel during the service, and mourners were asked to think about their favourite memories of Jemma.
Her brother added: "You always loved music and had lots of pictures around your bedroom of your favourite pop stars.
"I always remember you writing stories, you had such an imagination, you always read stories to me.
"We had some lovely caravan holidays and we went to EuroDisney, you loved it there.
"I will always remember you dancing around the room on a Saturday morning getting ready for the day, and then our family nights with fish and chips."
Jemma's sister, Kelly, said: "Jemma we watched you grow into an independent, strong willed, gorgeous young lady.
"We always did everything together, you loved being an auntie.
"All you ever wanted was to meet your prince and have a fairytale wedding. You and Michael never spent a day apart, you were inseparable."
Jemma was diagnosed with leukaemia in November last year and underwent bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy to fight the disease.
Her sister said: "You never moaned or complained about anything apart from the hospital food.
"You were so strong throughout. You remained so positive and told us all not to worry.
"You used to make me laugh. You had a great sense of humour.
"Our lives will never be the same and we have a huge hole in our hearts.
"You are amazing in every way, we could not have wished for a better sister and you will live on in our hearts forever."
Jemma married her husband, Michael, in November, just a few weeks before her death.
He said: "My special wife, I love you more than life can say.
"You made me smile and laugh. I can always remember the day we got together, that day changed my world. "We didn't have a lot of friends but we were each other's best friends.
"When you spoke you lit the room up and melted my heart."