THE six daughters of a mother who was the heart of large family have spoken of their devastation, following her death six months after being hospitalised in a serious road accident.
Maureen Clarke, who was known as Molly, suffered extensive injuries after being involved in the incident on Samlet Road on October 4 last year.
She woke late on Sunday night — Mother’s Day — to kiss her daughters who had maintained a constant vigil around her Morriston Hospital bed, and for the family to say their goodbyes.
In a joint statement, daughters Angela,
Christine, Veronica, Victoria, Diane and
Rosemarie said: “We are devastated at the loss of our beloved mother.
“She was the heart of a large family, she was devoted to her six daughters, fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
“She lived life to the full. Once met never forgotten, she was a practical joker who loved holidays, bingo and walking her dog.
“During the last six months Molly fought courageously through her extensive injuries without ever complaining, never losing faith or her sense of humour.
“Against all the odds we all received our final kisses and goodbyes on Mother’s Day.
“We all feel humbled and honoured to have had her as our mother and friend. We are all exceptionally proud of her courage and strength of character. She leaves a void, never to be filled and takes with her a piece of each of all our hearts.”
Molly’s husband Stanley had passed away eight years ago.
The close family drew up a shift system to stay at their mother’s side for the whole six months she remained in hospital, sleeping in the waiting area of high dependency unit and ward 4, except when she was very ill, when they would all stay.
The daughters added: “Mum passed away four o’clock on Monday, but regained consciousness just to give us each a kiss and a smile at 11.30pm on Sunday night.
“We would like to thank all the staff at ITU Morriston Hospital and all the staff at
Ward 4 Singleton hospital and an exceptional warm-hearted thanks to Dr Praveen for his devoted care.”
Michael Charles Coe, of Tynycae Road, Llansamlet, appeared at Swansea Magistrates’s Court last month in connection with five charges relating to the incident involving Mrs Clarke, in which her pet dog died. The 36-year-old will appear at Swansea Crown Court in June.