Last month Feziwe Faith Radebe turned 34. By all accounts this mother of two was a loving and caring person who bore her illness with bravery.
Since her death on Saturday tributes have been pouring in to her husband, South African soccer legend Lucas Radebe, and their families.
She has been described as a warm-hearted mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend, whose life left fond memories among those whose lives she touched.
Born on September 5 1974 in Mafikeng to Lesley and Eunice Ngqobe, she matriculated at Batswana High School in 1991.
She studied public relations at the Technikon Witwatersrand. In 1997 she moved to Leeds to join Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Radebe. They were married on June 15 2003.
Beautiful and intelligent, she was blessed with a wonderful sense of humour. Whether in South Africa or Leeds, she left an indelible impression with her humility and engaging nature.
In May 2005 Feziwe was diagnosed with bowel cancer. The spirit, determination and tenacity with which she fought the disease were inspirational.
Her courage, grace and dignity, despite suffering from this debilitating condition, were her hallmarks.
A woman of deep faith and belief, she never gave up hope for a full recovery.
Feziwe, who died on October 11, is survived by her husband Lucas, children Lucas Hugo, 9, and Owami , 4, her parents and sister Thandiwe.
She will be buried today at West Park Cemetery. The service, at the Rhema Church in Randburg, starts at 8am.