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Chelmsford primary school teacher Katie Sutterby, 29, died just five weeks after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Husband Will paid a heart-felt tribute to his wife of just three days.
He told Essex Live: “She was amazing, so dedicated. All the kids’ parents came to her funeral even parents of children she taught the term before.
“She was just really exuberant and so beautiful. I’m so proud I got to call her my wife.”
Katie began to get indigestion-like symptoms but doctors initially thought it was down to gallstones.
Then one day she suddenly felt a lot of pain and went to A&E.
After a night of tests, scans and x-rays the couple were told that she had bowel cancer that had already spread to her liver.
She was told she probably only had months to live, at best a year.
Will said: “I was planning to propose to Katie later in the year but we had no time so we decided to just do it and get married.”
The wedding was organised in just two weeks and the pair tied the knot on August 10.
He said: “It was amazing to do it in the time we had. She looked beautiful.
"I didn’t think she was going to have the energy to keep going for as long as she did, but we danced all night and she chatted to everyone.
"It was a perfect day and she had a great time with all her family and friends."
Now the Maltese Road Primary School has paid its own tribute to the popular teacher but building a garden in her honour.
The garden was unveiled at the end of April to the whole school and more than 60 parents, with the school choir singing to the crowd.