Deborah Bone, a childhood friend of lead singer Jarvis Cocker, was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in January 2013.
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Cocker reportedly sang Disco 2000 at her 50th birthday party.
The track, released in 1995, contains the lyrics: “Well we were born within one hour of each other. Our mothers said we could be sister and brother. Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya.”
Mrs Bone, 51, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, used an online blog (http://mymyelomajourney.wordpress.com) to document her battle with multiple myeloma.
Her husband, Colin, told The Comet newspaper in Stevenage: “Learning Deborah had been awarded an MBE was a very emotional experience. Her first thoughts characteristically were for the other people who helped to make her achievements possible.
“I shall be so proud to attend the MBE award ceremony on her behalf accompanied by her daughter Pollyanna who is following in her mother’s footsteps working for the NHS and already achieving national recognition.”
In a statement on Mrs Bone’s website, her family wrote: “We are sorry to let you know that after a brave fight, Deborah passed away on December 30th, peacefully at home. She loved life and fought to the end.
“Deborah was a truly inspirational woman, always putting other people before herself. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those around her and it is with great pride we can tell you that in the New Year Honours list 2015 she received an MBE for her services to children’s mental health.
“She leaves behind a loving family - her two beautiful daughters, grandson and husband who all miss her greatly and will continue to follow in her footsteps.”
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