Inspirational Scots bride to be given final send off in wedding dress after tragic cancer death

Danielle will be laid to rest in her wedding dress she wore on her big day
-Credit: (Image: Pictureyou Photography - Loch Lomond)


An inspirational Scots bride who fulfilled her dying wish of marrying her partner – will be laid to rest in her wedding dress after she lost her cancer battle.

Danielle Waugh, formerly, Finlay-Edward, tragically died from stage four bowel cancer on Sunday, June 2. The 39-year-old, from Grangemouth passed away at Craigielea Care Centre in Renfrew, with devoted husband John Waugh, 50, by her side, who she tied the knot with just months ago.

The sweethearts were given a fairy tale wedding on Friday, March 1at the beautiful Coats in Paisley, thanks to Wedding Wish Makers and local businesses who rallied round to support Danielle.

Danielle and John tied the knot at Coats Paisley on June 1
Danielle and John tied the knot at Coats Paisley on June 1 -Credit:Pictureyou Photography - Loch Lomond

Victoria Mason, 38, says her sister will make her final journey in the white dress she wore at her fairytale wedding.

Victoria told the Record: “She loved her wedding day, marrying John. Everything was perfect. It was more than she could have ever wished for.

“We’ll always be grateful to Wedding Wishmakers for making it happen.

“It was one of her last big happy memories so she is being laid to rest in her wedding dress.”

Victoria, who is one of four sisters, has paid tribute to her determined big sister who was told she was “too young for bowel cancer.”

Danielle was first diagnosed with secondary ovarian cancer which they believe spread from her bowel, after medics discovered a mucinous carcinoma, a rare type of cancer deemed incurable.

Victoria told the said: “Nothing prepares you for the loss of someone you were close to

“I’m devastated but there is a sense of relief, she was in excruciating pain.

Danielle and John's big day was arranged in a few weeks
Danielle and John's big day was arranged in a few weeks -Credit:Pictureyou Photography - Loch Lomond

“She was in horrendous pain, the hospice team and the care home has been fantastic in changing things to help manage the symptoms.

“On the Saturday, I saw her struggle the most. She passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Danielle was inspirational, when she was told she had stage 4 cancer she just vowed to fight it.

“She lived everyday like it was her last, she never focused on anything else.

“Even the day before she died she said ‘I’m not going anywhere, she was just determined and stubborn, like her mum.

“She was told my doctors in November she wouldn’t see Christmas, but she proved everyone wrong, she never gave up.”

Danielle Finlay-Edward married sweetheart John Waugh in March thanks to kind donations from a public appeal
Danielle Finlay-Edward married sweetheart John Waugh in March thanks to kind donations from a public appeal -Credit: Pictureyou Photography - Loch Lomond

After her dream wedding day ‘fit for a princess’ Danielle spent her final months making memories at Craigielea Care Centre in Renfrew, where an incredible team of staff looked after since December 23, 2023. She died at the home leaving staff devastated.

In a poignant tribute, the caring team at Craigielea formed a guard of honour for her when she taken to funeral directors.

Sister, Victoria, who works for the same firm that runs the care centre has heaped praise on incredible staff who pulled out all the stops to make it a ‘home from home’.

Danielle was cared for at Craigielea Care Home in Renfrew
Danielle was cared for at Craigielea Care Home in Renfrew -Credit:Glasgow Live
Danielle and her three sisters, Heather, Victoria and Naomi made special memories in the home together
Danielle and her three sisters, Heather, Victoria and Naomi made special memories in the home together -Credit:Supplied

She said: “The staff were absolutely phenomenal, they thought of every little thing, they got a bed for John to stay with her every week, and allowed her cat to stay with her.

“They were all devastated as well, she will be a huge loss to Craigielea.

Danielle was the oldest of four sisters
Danielle was the oldest of four sisters -Credit:Supplied

“The guard of honour was done with so much dignity and respect, it was so comforting for us as a family to see.”

Victoria said Danielle’s husband John, also from Grangemouth, has been left heartbroken.

She added: “He just feels lost, he’s really struggling.”

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