Much-loved mum loses cancer fight

Amanda Fox, nee Ballam
Amanda Fox, nee Ballam
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A much-loved mother-of-two and well-respected Bury St Edmunds figure died on Monday, aged 65.

Amanda Fox, previously Ballam, led the first founding committee for Bury in Bloom in 1986 and was known for her ‘amazing’ gardening skills, ‘incredible lust for life’ and love of nature and wildlife.

She was a former teacher of King Edward VI School, as well as a former school governor and chairman, and she founded the Bury Practice for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Amanda’s youngest daughter, Katherine, praised her ‘unfailing courage, love, honesty, integrity, dignity and imagination’, as well as her ‘sharp intelligence and kindness,’ ‘serenity and cheerfulness’.

She said: “She had cancer and had been incredibly well for the last two years, living life completely to the full, but in the last few weeks there was a very rapid decline. She died at home with us.

“Her husband, Chris, and I were nursing her 24/7 for the last few weeks. It was probably the most precious time of my life, to be so intimate with her. She’s missing now – there is no one like her. I feel very privileged to have been a daughter to someone like that.”

A civil funeral ceremony – with the theme happiness is a habit – will take place in Amanda’s Whepstead garden at 2.45pm on Thursday (October 9). Family flowers only.