Marie-Adèle - from Keith and Rita Willey


Marie-Adele Rajandream-Barrell

26 January 1964– 12 July 2008

We have known Bart and Marie-Adele for over six years since we moved to Sewards End and we were so saddened and shocked to hear last year that Marie-Adele had cancer with a very poor prognosis of only about a year.

Over the last year we have been privileged to get to know them better and have been through the roller coaster experience with them that this disease unfortunately causes.

They have both been so strong throughout. Bart has been so caring and supportive and Marie-Adele was amazing. She fought so bravely and was determined to try and do all the things she wanted to do. She had to weigh up her quality of life whilst at the same time decide how far to go with her treatment to give her it. She never showed an ounce of self pity and was always pleased to see people with a lovely smile even when it must have been such an effort.

When they went to Amsterdam a few weeks ago we wondered if we would see her again especially when her condition deteriorated. However, once again, through dogged determination she did return. While she was at the Nuffield she had lots of friends and colleagues visiting which she loved. When she eventually managed to come home her room was full of flowers, friends and of course Bart.

Marie-Adele was a very talented, gutsy lady who had so much more to give. She cared about others in a very sensitive way.

When we texted each other we always signed off with ‘lots of love xx’ so Marie-Adele, sadly, it is time to say a final goodbye. We will never forget you because you touched our hearts.

With lots of love

Keith and Rita.xx

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no tears in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too much and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that once we shared, miss me but let me go. This is a journey we all must take and each must take alone; it’s all a part of God’s perfect plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends that we know. Bury your sorrows in doing good, miss me but let me go.

© Barclay Barrell 2014