WE ADORE HER: Warwick mother with a titanium heart
MAY is the month devoted to mums and each Mother's Day is a special gift to Warwick woman Fay Wickham and her adoring children and grandchildren.
Mrs Wickham has raised her children to live each day to its fullest, something she has done herself after a serious heart attack almost took her from her loved ones.
Daughter Michelle Wright said she was shocked to find Mrs Wickham slumped over in her home during an early morning visit.
"She was barely alive,” Mrs Wright said.
"If I wasn't there so early, and Dad didn't come home until 8am like he usually did, we would have lost her.”
Twenty years and three pacemakers later, the family is grateful for every Mother's Day they are able to spend with the sprightly octogenarian.
"Every moment we have with her is borrowed time,” she said.
Mrs Wright said her mother never let her medical difficulties get to her and always went above and beyond to make family gatherings special.
"She has a heart of gold,” Mrs Wright said.
"We truly love her.”
The humble mother of three, grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of two scoffed at the attention.
"I'm nothing special,” she said.
Her daughter told a different story. A story of a steadfast woman who would do anything for her family, who gave without ever expecting anything in return, and who hand-wrote letters religiously to her grandkids spread out across the state.
"They think it's awesome because nobody does that anymore,” she said.
Mrs Wright said her mother inspired their family to find time for each other in a world where "life is usually too fast for that, these days.”
"She has a special spot in our hearts.”