Hundreds of mourners attended yesterday’s funeral of right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming which took place in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Avoca.
Ms Fleming was in the final stages of multiple sclerosis and died on Friday.
She is survived by her children Corinna and Simon and stepson David, as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren.
In his eulogy Ms Fleming’s partner, Tom Curran, described her as a unique woman who loved life. “Despite what an awful lot of people have spoken, Marie did not have a wish to die. Marie had a wish to live. Marie wanted to live, but she didn’t want to die badly and she wanted the assurance that that wouldn’t happen,” Mr Curran said.
Ms Fleming’s daughter Corinna read a letter her mother had written for the service in which she thanked her partner Tom. “To my anam cara, my soulmate. Weren’t we lucky to have found each other Tom? Words cannot express how much you mean to me. My partner in life and love. Thank you for loving me, for carrying me, for caring for me, for fighting my corner and making sure my voice was heard.”
Ms Fleming’s daughter also read a poem in her mother’s memory to conclude the service. “So be happy for me dear ones you know I hold you dear. And be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.”
The family has requested any donations in-lieu of flowers to be given to the Carers Association.