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Home lit up in memory of wife and mother

07:00 21 December 2012

John Cole has lit up his house in memory of his wife Deanne who died last April. John with his family, Dana, Derry and Martin Dunn.

John Cole has lit up his house in memory of his wife Deanne who died last April. John with his family, Dana, Derry and Martin Dunn.

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A Bungay home has been lovingly decorated this Christmas in memory of a mother who died suddenly earlier this year.

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Snowmen, reindeers and Father Christmas are among the items brightly lit up outside a house, in Throckmorton Road, which stands as a tribute to Deanne Cole.

Mrs Cole died suddenly in April, and because of her love for Christmas, her family decided that they would honour her memory by decorating the outside of their home.

Together her husband John, 40, daughter Dana, 23, son Derry, 15, and Dana’s fiancé Martin, 22, spent hours turning the outside of the home into a festive wonderland.

Mr Cole said: “She used to love Christmas. We used to put up decorations before but this year we have made it better and people have donated lights to us, lots of family members have.”

The house has been a big hit around the neighbourhood with many knocking on the door and stopping to admire the lights.

“We’ve had people stopping to look and say how beautiful it is. One person stopped and said he could see it from his house in Albion Road,” said Mr Cole.

Deanne died in April, aged 43, from a cardiac arrest.

She had been taken into hospital with a water infection and had been expected to be checked out a few days later, however, after speaking with her twice on the morning of April 29, the family received a phone call later that day saying she had taken a turn for the worse.

Dana said that her mum loved spending time with her family more than anything, and that the time in hospital had been the first day they had been apart.

“It was the first time we’d been apart for more than a day in 23 years, she was always there and did not want to go to hospital,” she said.

Mr Cole added: “The children meant the world to her.”

Dana was due to marry her fiancé Martin Dunn in August but delayed the wedding, after the death of her mother.

“We called it off as it just didn’t seem right to do it. Hopefully we will next year,” she said.

Next year the family intend to make their decorations even bigger, with a Santa’s Grotto among their plans.

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