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Mourning Mama

So happy: Sue on the day the Happy House opened in 2010

The sadness felt by Papa Dave and all our Happy House family at the sudden passing of our incredible Mama Sue is shared with people around the world. Some had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her personally, for others they just knew of her and were touched by her inspirational work with children.Here we share just a few of the sympathy messages posted on Facebook. All are much appreciated.

Charmaine Wilkinson: Trying to process this dreadful news. Love and best wishes to you all from Charmaine and all the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Garstang & Over Wyre

Helen Charnley: Beautiful words and such bravery and strength from Dave. I'm so sorry for all of you. A real sad loss and a shock to us all. Love to all.

Dawn Hodgson: How sad! So very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy Mama Sue leaves - she was a true testament and shining example to every child who passed through Watamu as well as an inspiration to all those who worked or volunteered there. She will be so missed. RIP beautiful lady

Chris Franklin: Our thoughts go to Dave, the team and the children of the Happy House. Sue was a loving, passionate lady who changed young peoples lives for the better. Her spirit will live on in all who met her. It's was an honour supporting Sue and being a friend. RIP Sue your work will continue to change young people's lives.

Mary Maguire: So, so , sad to hear this news from Kenya, such a loss for Dave & the whole Happy House Family, Sue was a formidable lady helping the children in a difficult environment, sending our love from The Good Life Orphanage, R.I.P. lovely lady

Beverley Whittaker: Sue's passing is such a loss to the world and especially her Happy House family. A very special lady who selflessly and tirelessly worked to ensure that so many children could have have a different path in life. That work will go on and many more children's' lives will be changed and enriched because of her. Rest in peace Mama Sue, safe in the knowledge that your children will flourish xx

Marilyn Simpson: Sending love and a huge hug to Dave all the staff and every child in the Happy House. Sue was doing God's work. She was a great success in helping the children. Long may her legacy continue. God Bless Sue.

Carol Sohier: Such devastatingly sad news. My heartfelt love and prayers go out to all at Happy House especially Papa Dave. Mama Sue has made such a difference to so many young lives. Rest In Peace Sue knowing your children will flourish.

Clare Mullins: I wanted her to live forever. A beautiful soul from the moment I met her. May her legacy live on in all those whose lives she touched. Sending my condolences to Dave, all the staff and children, and the whole of Watamu, who surely mourn her loss. May she rest in peace.

Joanne Ward: Devastating to read this news, such a shock. Our heartfelt sympathy and love to Papa Dave and all the children at the Happy House. RIP Sue, we had the pleasure of meeting you while in Watamu. Tragic loss.

Rebecca Redfern Guzzo: This is absolutely heartbreaking news. What a powerhouse of a leader for all the children Sue was. We were honoured to meet her in 2017 and become sponsors of her amazing home. We are so sad and send much love from Canada

Shirley Dawson: What can I say ! Sues devotion to those Children and Happy House nearly matched her love for Dave x Courage and determination to the end.

Margaret Lund: Really sad to read this. Sue was inspirational and her legacy is in the hundreds of children's lives she touched. Sincere condolences.

Brian Grimes: Absolutely gutted what a great woman she gave so much love to all around her. My condolences to Dave and the Happy House family

Louise Webster: Such a sad loss. What an inspiration Sue was and I'm proud to have had her as a dear friend

John Andmoyra: We're so sorry to hear such sad news. Sue was an amazing woman who achieved so much at Happy House. Love to all at Happy House, especially Papa Dave.

Erin Flaxman: This is such sad news, but such a beautiful tribute to Mama Sue. My heart breaks for Papa Dave and everyone at Happy House. God bless

Sandra Foulkes: This is devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave and everyone at the Happy House .

Barry Hay: So sorry. What a great lady who has left a lasting legacy with her kindness and impacted so many young lives for the better ,Thoughts to Dave and the rest of the Happy House family

Linda Beddows MBE: What a great loss. Our condolences go to Dave and all the "family" who will so miss her love and passion! RIP Sue - you'll remain in people's hearts forever

Patricia Beechey: Such sad, sad news. Sue's love and commitment to all the children at Happy House was second to none. She was such an inspirational person. My heartfelt condolences to every one at Happy House and particularly to Dave for his tremendous loss.

Jayshee Versani:: So sorry to such sad news. Such a beautiful kind soul with a huge heart. May she rest in eternal peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

Caroline Rowsell: We are sending much love to Dave and all her family and friends. Very sad news to lose such an amazing woman who changed the lives of many children, families and the community of Watamu.

Tim Thomas: So sad, such a legacy left for a fabulous cause

Liz Banks: Sorry to hear this. Praying for all at .Happy House on this sad news and especially sending love to Dave. God bless and comfort you as you grieve.

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"Sue was the love of my life" says Papa Dave
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