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Mother dies in arms of fiance on Canary Islands

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands

A tragic mum-of-seven has died in the arms of her devastated fiance on her first ever holiday abroad.

Irene Farmer suffered a heart attack as she enjoyed the second day of a sunshine break in the Canary Islands.

The 45-year-old a nurse, originally from Nairn in Moray, was on holiday in Tenerife with her partner Peter Stewart, who she lived with in Perthshire.

The were holidaying in Playa de las Americas when Irene took unwell in the street.

She was rushed back to the couple’s hotel room for medical attention but passed away in the arms of Mr Stewart.

She died on 31 May, but details of the tragedy have only emerged today, the day of her funeral.

The mother-of-seven had a history of problems with her heart and had suffered from blood clots for several years.

She had confided in relatives that she felt unwell shortly after arriving in Tenerife but was determined to enjoy her first holiday outside of Scotland.

Daughter Aleta Farmer, from Nairn, said: “She was so enthusiastic about her future.

“It’s such a shame that is happened while she had so much to look forward to.

“It’s hard knowing that she’s got grandchildren who will not have their nana as they’re growing up.

“Everybody is going to miss her very much.”

Mrs Farmer lived in Nairn for most of her life before moving to Perthshire just over three years ago with fiance Mr Stewart.

She had recently retrained as a nurse to care for elderly people and was due to start a new job when she returned from her holiday.

She had insisted her new job would be a way of improving her health.

Her daughter said: “She had been working very hard and was looking forward to starting her new job with the elderly.”

 

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