Darling Downs mourns loss of brave young mother
SHE was a loving mother who fought bravely against a cruel disease right until the end.
The Darling Downs town of Oakey is in mourning after Serteva Maree Jennifer Wadley passed away on Monday night.
She had been diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on her 22nd birthday and her son Cruz Bartley was only four months old when she was told she had only 18 months to live.
The 23-year-old leaves behind her partner Will Bartley and her son Cruz Bartley.
Ms Wadley had never smoked cigarettes and was told by doctors she was "very unlucky" to be diagnosed with lung cancer.
Her mother Susie Swilks said she was an amazing mother who never gave up fighting the illness.
"Her little boy kept her going so much," Ms Swilks said.
"If the doctors told her something wasn't an option she was straight away on Google trying to find something else.
"She was determined to fight as long as she possibly could."
Ms Swilks said her daughter had tried to stay positive despite the negative prognosis and wanted to watch her little boy turn two.
Sadly, she didn't make that day.
Ms Swilks said Mr Bartley would raise Cruz with the help of family and friends.
People who knew Ms Wadley have flooded the family with condolence messages.
"The support has been amazing and Serteva definitely left her mark on the town of Oakey," Ms Swilks said.
Recently a fundraising Red Faces and Karaoke Night for Serteva was organised the Oakey community to help ease her suffering as her sickness intensified.
The event was at the Oakey cultural centre and raised $6000 for Ms Wadley and her family.
Oakey man Craig Commens organised the event and said Ms Wadley's death had hit the community hard.
"It's so sad that this happened to someone who was so young."
Watch a video of Serteva talking to The Chronicle earlier this year:
Kayte Jane Schroeder: RIP Serteva. My heart aches for your family, all my love.
Nicky Marie: So sad to hear the tragic news, beautiful angel.
Corey Jordan Grant: I'm going to miss your smiling face and I will never forget your contagious laugh. It's been an honour to know you.