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Two little girls have been orphaned after both their mother and father died of cancer within days of each other.

Nigel Joyce battled a glioblastoma brain tumor and died on May 31st.

His wife Marjan died of breast cancer on June 6.

Both had been diagnosed with cancer in recent years.

Tragically, Marjan had completed radiotherapy and was declared healthy, but after suffering seizures three weeks ago, doctors discovered that the disease had spread to her brain.

Mr Joyce suffered a “health crisis” on Anzac Day and was admitted to palliative care. He died a short time later.

The couple, who lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, leave behind two daughters, Oriana, eight, and Emily, four.

The couple’s funeral will take place on Sunday at St. Andrew’s College in Christchurch. A fundraising campaign called “Give A Little” has also been launched to help the girls.

Family friend Angela Hawkins said Mrs Joyce had a “beautiful personality” and a “kindness that always brought out the best in everyone”.

“Marjan was a truly remarkable person who left a lasting impression on those around her,” she said.

“Her legacy will live on in her children and family and the many lives she touched with her kindness and beautiful spirit.

“May Marjan and Nigel rest in peace and may their memories continue to bring comfort and inspiration to all who knew them.”

Mr Joyce will be remembered for his “kind and gentle soul”; both he and his wife dedicated their lives to raising their two young daughters.

“Their love and devotion to their family was evident in everything they did,” Ms Hawkins told Chris Lynch Media.

“They both loved life and valued their family very much. Although they have had a difficult time over the last five weeks, neither Marjan nor Nigel ever complained.

“They took everything in their stride and felt so loved by their family, friends, StAC and the wider community.

“They remained strong, united and resilient, showing everyone the true meaning of love and devotion.

“The world was a better place because of Nigel and Marjan.”

The fundraiser has so far raised over $120,000.

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