The daughters of a remarkable woman who did so much for others have described her “as the kindest, strongest, and most beautiful person to grace this earth”.
Annette Campbell (nee Curran), passed away suddenly at her Aghagallon home on Sunday.
She was the beloved wife of Gerard and cherished mother of Orlaígh and Eimear. She was also a devoted daughter of Alice and Jim Curran, and a dearly loved sister of Una, Maurice, Damian and Adrian, loving daughter in law of Patricia Campbell and a dear sister in law to Arlene, Brian and Andrew.
Daughters Orlaígh and Eimear, in a joint tribute, said their mum “was a woman like no other and to explain how much she meant to us is an impossible task”.
They wrote: “Anyone who knew our mum knew she was the kindest, strongest, and most beautiful person to grace this earth – with a slight edge of crazy at times. She was truly the best mummy in the world and words will never do her justice.
“Without her, we wouldn’t be who we are today nor would we have the life we do. If there is one thing we have learned, it’s to hug your loved ones a little tighter because you never know when they will be taken from you.
“Mummy, we both feel honoured and privileged to be your daughters. You were the most amazing mum that we could have asked for. We will make you proud, we promise. You were too amazing for this big, bad world. We love you mummy, you will always be in our hearts. Forever and always. Orlaigh & Eimear.”
Annette was a member of Knitted Knockers NI, who themselves paid tribute a “truly gifted and extremely creative, friendly and supportive member”.
“It is with overwhelming sadness that we say goodbye to our most beloved and cherished friend and clubhouse member Annette,” they wrote.
“Words cannot express how much we will all miss Annette. The support Annette gave to the clubhouse and the work she put in gathering thousands of signatures during our campaign to stop the closure of the breast clinics was second to none.
“We are extremely heart broken; heaven has truly gained an angel and we will miss Annette more than words can say – our thoughts and prayers are with Annette’s much loved husband Gerard and daughters Orlaígh, Eimear, Annette’s parents and extended family. I speak for all our committee and members when I say we are collectively heartbroken.”
Hundreds more online tributes flooded in with many describing Annette as “an inspiration” and “a kind, caring and lovely woman who will be very sorely missed”.
One woman wrote: “She was an absolute diamond and a great friend and colleague to all who knew her. She will be missed by so many and my thoughts and prayers are with her husband and daughters, and the entire family circle, as they try and navigate their way through the shock of her passing.”