A 10-year-old whose parents died of cancer just weeks apart prayed they would be reunited in heaven as mourners wiped away their tears at her mother’s funeral.
Karen Stewart, 36, died after her third battle with cancer on Friday, having first been diagnosed when she was just 18.
Her husband Ed passed away aged 42 in August – three months after he was given a terminal cancer diagnosis and not long after his wife’s devastating news.
At Mrs Stewart’s funeral in Dublin today the couple’s daughter Keeva, 10, prayed her mother and father could now enjoy ‘eternal life’ together.
Mourners gather around the coffin of Karen Stewart who died on Friday after her third battle with cancer. Her daughter Keeva, 10, paid an emotional tribute to her at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Darndale Dublin today
She, her eight-year-old brother Finn, and four-year-old sister Erin were left orphaned after their mother’s death last week.
Hundreds turned out to remember the popular mother-of-three at her funeral Mass at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Darndale in Dublin.
Mrs Stewart’s aunt Gina paid tribute to her niece who she said ‘struggled with cancer since the age of 19’ and was given her final prognosis in January.
She said her niece had battled cancer with huge ‘determination’ and ‘strength’ and had done everything possible for her kids, who she loved dearly.
Karen Stewart (pictured left) died on Friday after her terminal cancer diagnosis. Her husband Ed (pictured right) died in August after a similar battle with pancreatic cancer
The couple (pictured) died within weeks of each other, leaving their three young children without their mother and father
Keeva (pictured left) gave an emotional tribute to her parents at her mother’s funeral today
She added: ‘The only comfort we can find at the moment is that she is now with Ed, her son Aron and her father James.
‘Ed probably thought he was going to get a break up there but Karen probably has him running around right now.’
She also expressed gratitude on behalf of Karen and the family to the local community.
She said: ‘The support has been overwhelming and Karen wants to express her gratitude to an amazing community for all the support given and all the fundraising efforts.’
The three children will now move in with their father’s brother Vincent and his wife Tanya, along with their three children.
After the funeral Mass, Mrs remains were taken to Fingal Cemetery for burial.
Mrs Stewart’s friend Stacey Hogg set up a GoFundMe page to help the couple make memories with their family while they still could.
The Stewart’s (pictured) three children will now move in with their father’s brother Vincent and his wife Tanya, along with their three children
It raised €42,250 (£37,557) before the couple both lost their fight with cancer.
Updating the page after Mrs Stewart’s death, Ms Hogg said: ‘It is with great sadness that I update you to let you all know that Sadly Karen Nicholson Stewart Passed away peacefully at her Mum’s home on Friday 20th October 2017 just before 6pm.
‘Karen was surrounded by her children and her amazing family. Karen can finally rest in Peace and Join her wonderful Husband ED who passed away on the 4th August 2017.
‘They were an amazing couple devoted to each other and their children.
‘I made a promise to Karen in early September that I would keep this fund going for Her Children and that is what I intend to do until we reach the goal.
‘These 3 little children have lost Both parents months apart something most of us are still struggling to get our heads around.
‘Thank you most sincerely to everyone one who has supported the fund raising campaign.’
Karen Stewart (pictured) died in a hospice on Friday. She had been battling cancer since the age of 19