MISSED Westport resident Ligita Ligitux died yesterday in her native Lithuania.
Young mum dies after short battle with cancer
A MASS in memory of Westport resident Ligita Ligitux who died at the age of 33 yesterday (Monday) afternoon in her native Lithuania will take place in Westport later this month.
The mother of one died after succumbing to a hard-fought battle with ovarian and liver cancer over the past four months, after she was initially diagnosed with the condition only last October. Ligita underwent chemotherapy treatment in Galway after her diagnosis but such was the aggressive nature of the cancer, she was informed that she was unlikely to recover and only given a short time to live.
For over ten years, Ligita lived in Westport, where she worked in Cosy Joe’s Bar as well as the Plaza Hotel in Westport, and the local community rallied around her to raise money to support her and her two-year-old son, Ben.
Her good friend George Forde, and his wife Aurelija, as well as Mary Salmon, Ray McGreal and Caroline Leonard, helped raise close to €30,000 for Ligita and Ben. George said she fought until her last breath, but knew in the last few weeks her time left with her family and young son was coming to an end.
“It was her wish to die at home, and she knew she was close to dying, so it was decided to fly her home to Lithuania while she could still make the journey. She flew out of Shannon on Thursday [February 23] with her parents and Ben, and it was good that she was able to spend her last weeks at home with her family. The last few weeks were tough for her because she was in bed for 90 percent of the day and in a lot of pain,” he said.
A number of fundraising initiatives took place following Ligita’s diagnosis and everyone involved wishes to thank all those who contributed in any way. The money will be used to pay for the funeral and also to help Ben into the future.
During the height of the fundraising in November, Ligita took to Facebook to thank the Westport community for their support and generosity.
“I don’t think I can find the words how to thank everyone in Westport who is doing so much for me. All I can say is just a most honest, biggest, dearest and extraordinary thank you everyone,” she wrote.
A Mass in memory of Ligita will take place on Sunday, March 26, in St Mary’s Church, Westport at 10am.