Colette Mullen, a mother of four, died tragically at Kilmarnock Crosshouse Hospital yesterday after a battle with Covid-19.
Tributes have flocked to Colette, from Catrine, East Ayrshire, since her sad death.
Her devastated daughter, Chelsea Mullen, posted the news on Twitter yesterday.
She wrote, “We lost our mom today. Our father lost his wife. Our family lost a sister, a best friend, an aunt, a cousin.
“Life seems empty and words cannot explain the heartbreaking pain it caused us.
“But our mom was a star and the light from a star continues to burn long after she leaves.
“I will wear a piece of it wherever I go and with everything I do.
“She has taught me so much in the blessed 24 years that I have had the honor of being her daughter and I will use these lessons to carry me through these difficult times to come.
“We may have lost a mom, a wife, a best friend; but heaven has won the best angel that God could have chosen.
“Sleep well, mom. I will love you forever and someday. “
Colette’s 20-year-old daughter Rebecca said the family knew she was not feeling well but was shocked by her death.
She wrote, “I will be the first to admit that I thought this virus was just a” flu, “but how wrong I was.
“Mom, we knew you were bad but we weren’t ready for it.
“At the age of 20, I shouldn’t have to choose what to put in your coffin.
“I should not choose your songs for your funeral. I should not choose what colors of flowers you have.
“I shouldn’t be saying goodbye to this kid.” Mom you left us in pieces. I just wish it didn’t catch you.
A few days before her death, Colette’s husband Neil thanked family and friends for their good wishes and said that Colette received the best care.
He wrote, “I would like to thank all of my family and friends for all the messages and phone calls in support right now.
“Colette is currently receiving the best possible care from NHS staff at Crosshouse Hospital.
Friend Shaun Harkin paid tribute to the famous Colette on Facebook.
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He wrote: “Friends of Catrine and beyond, today is a very sad day for the village because we have lost a wonderful woman, or Colette.
“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the Mullen family during this heartbreaking time.
“There are no words that improve this.
“Friends and family can’t even cry properly or show the love and support they want with this horrible disease that takes our loved ones. “
Shaun asked residents to light a candle in memory of Colette next Thursday because they will not be able to attend her funeral due to the lockout.
He said, “I spoke to Liam and asked if we, the village of Catrine, light a candle to show our love and say goodbye to her mom properly and Liam and his family kindly agreed.
“The family rightly asked (as Colette would have liked) that we coincide with the lighting of the candles and express our appreciation for the NHS, so let’s say goodbye together at 8 p.m. Thursday.
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“So everyone please, if possible this next Thursday April 16, can we please light a candle and sit on our window sills for Colette to show our love and also to show our more great support to the Mullen family in these difficult times.
“We are all in the same boat. “
“Let’s light up Catrine for Colette. “