Staci Turner, 29, was due to marry fiance Lee Mutch in Edinburgh next Saturday after receiving a shock cancer diagnoses earlier this year.

Staci Turner can be seen with her partner Lee Mutch

A nursery teacher has died from cancer just days before she was due to marry her soulmate.

Staci Turner, 29, was due to marry fiance Lee Mutch in Edinburgh next Saturday.

However, she died on Thursday leaving friends and family shocked and prompting a flood of tributes.

Staci and her partner bought their first house together in April and were beginning to plan their wedding when she fell ill in June.

The talented teacher was given a cancer diagnosis, prompting friends to rally round and raise funds so the couple could have their dream wedding.
Friends and family have been left shocked after Staci died days before her wedding

Thousands of pounds were raised and the date was set for October 1 at the Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh, the Daily Record reported.

Paying tribute to the “one of a kind” teacher, colleague Aga Jankowska wrote: “Rest in peace, Staci Turner. Heaven has gained a beautiful, caring and loving new angel. We will miss you here Miss Turner.

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“All your little kiddies have lost a truly inspirational and fun teacher. Who will teach them the cauliflower song now?”

Photographer Grahame Smith said: “So, so sad to hear about Staci Turner.

“I meet couples planning a wedding every week and every so often a couple sparkle with love and you know it’s going to be a fabby wedding.

“Next Saturday will always be their day for me. Lee Mutch should take great comfort in the fact that they had each other.

Staci was a popular nursery teacher and her death has led to a host of tributes

In this world that can be turned upside down in a second, everyone should appreciate the love you have around you.”

Liz Cann added: “So, so sorry. Such a beautiful girl inside and out. Sending love and strength.”

Rachel Symington wrote: “Such sad news this morning, you didn’t have a bad bone in your body and that’s hard to find. Rest in peace beautiful girl Staci Turner.”

Hayley Ellis added: “Heartbreaking news to wake up to this morning. A true warrior in everyone’s eyes. A strong determined beautiful girl – rip Staci Turner.tragic-bride-to-be-dies-days-before-dream-wedding
Staci and Lee can be seen together

Simone Brown paid tribute, saying: “One of the kindest, sweetest people I’ve ever known. Biggest heart of gold. Rip, beautiful angel, you will never be forgotten, Staci.”

Chelsea Gormley added: “God only takes the best. RIP Staci, you were such a happy, bubbly lass, always had a smile on your face doesn’t matter how difficult things were.

“Least you’re not in pain now. You’ll be the brightest star in the sky.”

Staci worked at Peek-a-boo Nursery in Edinburgh and had enjoyed her hen do last week after getting engaged in September last year.

Her parents, Jacqueline and Garry, were too upset to speak.

Fiance Lee, 28, couldn’t be reached for comment.