AMANDA Radford was a ‘happy, bubbly’ mum, who put her children first and enjoyed life - before it was cruelly cut short by rare condition Behcet’s Syndrome.
The 34-year-old, from Woodthorpe, Sheffield, died just a year after being diagnosed with the illness, which causes the immune system to attack tissues in the body.
But Amanda’s heartbroken widower Keith, 36, said his wife ‘never let anything get her down’.
“She was a fantastic mum and always put the kids before anyone and anything. Her family was the most important thing to her,” he said.
“She was bubbly and happy, and she was never selfish. She was unique.”
Keith met his wife-to-be when they both worked at the Park and Arbourthorne Labour Club.
“Amanda was brought in to help me behind the bar,” he said. “As soon as I looked into her eyes I knew it was something different. I ended up walking her home and it went from there.”
The couple married in July 1997 at Sheffield Register Office, with a blessing at Victoria Hall.
Amanda was originally from the Manor. She attended City School and later qualified as a hairdresser at Castle College. She worked in Neil Stenton’s salon at Beighton, as well as at a hairdresser’s in Crosspool.
She was a keen bingo player, and was popular at her local Gala bingo hall, off Sheffield Parkway. “She won quite a bit sometimes, but she’d never spend it on herself,” Keith said.
Keith said he is adjusting to being the sole carer for their three young children.
“The kids have found it hard but they’re trying to be strong for me,” he said. “They’re fully aware of everything that’s happened.’’
Amanda selected the children’s Christmas presents despite being seriously ill, and planned the details of her funeral herself. She died on December 15 and the funeral was yesterday.
Keith gave a speech during the service at City Road Crematorium and some of Amanda’s favourite songs were played - Remember The Time and Smile by Michael Jackson, Who Knew by Pink and Always by Bon Jovi.
“I’ll never forget anything about her,” said Keith, who is now considering a charity parachute jump to raise awareness of Behcet’s Syndrome.
Amanda leaves parents Sharon, 55, and Mick, 54, and older brother, Stephen, 38.
An inquest will be held into her death.