A “one in a million” mum who constantly put others first even as she battled cancer has died.
Laura Watson was diagnosed with Cushing’s sydrome, a condition caused by an excess of cortisol hormone, in November.
But just weeks later, the 29-year-old from Peterhead was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer and given the devastating news she only had a year to live.
Determined to create lasting memories for her children, Arianna, five, and Hillary, four, Mrs Watson threw herself into spending every moment possible with them and fiance Steven.
A crowdfunder was also launched, with loved ones and strangers from around the country donating thousands of pounds to help Mrs Watson have her dream wedding.
The poignant ceremony was held at Norwood House Hotel in Aberdeen in April, and Mr Watson said his bride “savoured every moment” of the big day which ended in a spectacular fireworks display.
And last night, he revealed his thoughtful wife had already decided to donate her dress to a charity that turns them into burial gowns for stillborn babies.
Mr Watson, 32, said: “She was always thinking of everyone else.
“I was truly so lucky to have someone so beautiful and kind who cared for us all so well.
“She never let her cancer bother her – she always had a smile on her face for all of us.”
Mr Watson met his wife-to-be on a course in August 2012 and their friendship quickly blossomed into a romance. They got engaged in 2014.
Mrs Watson was a full-time carer to little Arianna, who suffers from spina bifida, but prepared her husband to take over.
He said: “We knew she didn’t have much time left – but she prepared us for this.
“She was a wonderful mum and even to the end was always thinking of everyone else.
“Near the end she couldn’t really hold her phone, but I’d seen that she’d gone onto Sport Direct’s website and tried to order a pair of trainers for her friend who was struggling with money.
“I don’t think you can put into words how strong, inspirational and determined Laura was.
“I was so lucky to have met her.”
Mr Watson said his wife, who died at Peterhead Community Hospital on Tuesday, was in a lot of pain during the last four months but did not let that her stop her.
“We went to Harry Potter World in London and I pushed her wheelchair round the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley which was quite hard, but she thoroughly enjoyed it and it was worth it – she was a massive fan of Harry Potter,” Mr Watson said.
“She was a Gryffindor – because she was brave – and I was a Hufflepuff, she said, because I was loyal.”
Mrs Watson was also a fan of superhero movies – with her favourite character being Iron Man – and the pair enjoyed cinema trips when possible, and outings with their two children.
Mrs Watson is also survived by her mother Caroline and brother Anthony.
A celebration for her life will be held in The Almanythie Hall, Grange Road, Peterhead on Thursday at 11am.