Tributes have been paid to an "amazing" mum of three who died just two months after a cancer diagnosis.

Jennie Vince, who had two daughters, a son and one stepson, died last week aged 37.

The former carer was told she had just weeks to live after being diagnosed with cancer in November 2023.

She kept the news from her children until the new year because "she didn't want to spoil Christmas" and died on January 10.

"She was an amazing mum and friend," said Jodie Bond, the mother of Jennie's stepson, Luke.

"She couldn't do enough for people and was so loving."

Jennie grew up in North Walsham but spent a great deal of her life living in the Marl Pit area of Norwich. 

She eventually moved to Gorleston where she remained until her death.

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Her daughters are aged 23 and 19, her son is 13 and her stepson is 25.

"She couldn't do enough for her children," said Jodie. "And she was practically a second mum to my son. 

"She had been in his life since he was seven and would always make sure he never went without anything.

"We became close friends. My fondest memory of her is when she came to meet our granddaughter.

"Everyone who knew her knew how caring she was.

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"And she'll be remembered as a loving, free-spirited person."

Jodie has set up a GoFundMe page for Jennie's family and has managed to raise just over £1,000 since January 15.

The money raised will go towards a small plot of land where her family and friends can plant her favourite flowers.

It will also help her children cope with the financial pressure, such as funeral costs. 

"No one was expecting this, so nothing was planned," said Jodie. 

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"It came as a shock to all those who loved and cared for her.

"I would like everyone who knew Jennie to help out her family financially.

"And her kids want a nice resting place and somewhere to remember her.

"I just wanted to give something back for all she had done for us and this is the least I can do.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated so far."

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In a touching tribute on the GoFundMe page, Beth - Jennie's 19-year-old daughter - wrote: "My mum was the absolute best mum in the entire world.

"And it has absolutely torn myself and many others apart to say she’s no longer here.

"Me and my family would really like to do something special for her as well as having to afford funeral costs and so much more.

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"As a family we have decided we would like to buy a small plot of land with any funds including our own after the funeral where we can plant her favourite flowers and have a special place to be with her.

"Honestly, since losing my mum I’ve lost a piece of myself. She wasn’t only my mum, she was my best friend and with a little bit of help as a family we could have this plot to be as close to her as possible.

"Thank you to anybody who is able to donate. I just miss my mum so much."