An RAF servicewoman who battled to achieve a list of ambitions whilst dying from terminal cancer “will continue to inspire others” even in death.
That was the message from colleagues at RAF Marham after Flight Lieutenant Ann-Marie Noble lost her fight with the disease, two weeks after her 32nd birthday.
Group Captain Harv Smyth, station commander at RAF Marham, said: “The moral courage demonstrated by Flt Lt Noble both professionally and personally has been a reminder to us all of what can be achieved when one focuses on what is really important in life.
“Ann-Marie leaves behind her a legacy that will continue to inspire all those who knew her or who followed with admiration her journey throughout her illness.
“She will be greatly missed.”
Flt Lt Noble was originally diagnosed with cervical caner in March 2012 but was given the all-clear in October that year. Last April it returned and doctors said that while they could extend Flt Lt Noble’s life slightly with chemotherapy, the disease could not be cured.
One of the first things Flt Lt Noble did was to shave her head to raise money for the Deployed Families Welfare Fund At RAF Marham, as previously reported in the Lynn News. Flt Lt Noble was officer commanding training and development at the base.
She went on to gain national media attention by drawing up and beginning to work her way through a bucket list of things that she wanted to achieve in the time she had left. Her dreams included meeting Terry Wogan, taking her nephew to Disneyland and being bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding.
Flt Lt Noble, who hailed from Hartlepool, died on December 15.