Widow’s praise for late wife’s cancer treatment

Joe Maly with a picture of his late wife Audrey.
Joe Maly with a picture of his late wife Audrey.

A Morecambe widow has expressed his gratitude to the many people who cared for his wife while she was suffering from cancer.

Joe Maly said the care his late wife Audrey received was “second to none” and he had nothing but praise for the NHS and St John’s Hospice staff.

Joe, 82, cared for his wife for three years after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the lung.

During that time she was looked after by the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and St John’s Hospice, and also by district nurses visiting her at home.

Audrey sadly died at home on May 31 at the age of 88.

“She was looked after with absolute dignity,” he said. “She died in my arms.

“She had made me promise that she wouldn’t die in hospital and I kept that promise.”

Audrey grew up in Morecambe and served in the army for many years.

The couple met at a dance at the Floral Hall in Morecambe in 1950 and married on November 6 1954 at St Patrick’s Church in the resort.

Joe is originally from Prague in the Czech Republic and moved to Morecambe when he was 17.

He went on to work as an engineer at Heysham Power Station.

Audrey was diagnosed with lung cancer after suffering a fall and breaking her shoulder in 2010.

She died peacefully at the couple’s home in Haweswater Place, Morecambe, on May 31.

The funeral service took place at St Mary’s Church, Morecambe, followed by interment at Torrisholme Cemetery.

“When I read in the papers about people saying how bad the hospital and the NHS are, I get very cross,” Joe said.

“My wife was treated at the RLI and St John’s Hospice and also by district nurses and the care was second to none.

“Audrey died with dignity.”

Joe was due to attend a memorial service to remember loved ones at St John’s Hospice yesterday, Wednesday.

Following his wife’s funeral, frienda and family helped to raise £182.80 in donations, which was split between Macmillan and St John’s Hospice to thank them for their care.