A KINGSEAT woman who fought back after suffering a stroke aged just 23 has died suddenly.

Deborah Pemberton passed away at Queen Margaret Hospital on Friday after a blood clot caused another stroke. She was 37.

Mum Gillian paid tribute to her daughter and told the Press, "She was a kind, caring person and she never let her disability get her down.

"We've had so many cards, good wishes and flowers from people, it's been incredible." Former dental nurse Deborah, known as Debs, first had a stroke and brain haemorrhage in 1997. It paralysed her right side and also affected her eyesight, leaving her wheelchair-bound.

Doctors discovered it was caused by Hypereosinophilia, a rare disorder which causes blood to thicken.

Gillian, who cared full-time for her daughter at her and husband Ian's home in Greenacres, added, "She was really quite dependent and I cared for Debs at home for these 14 years.

"She had another blood clot a fortnight ago which caused another stroke and she didn't regain consciousness.

"She was in good health so it was very sudden and unexpected." She continued, "Nobody had a bad word to say about her.

"She enjoyed attending the Grange Resource centre in Dickson Street, Dunfermline, twice a week.

"She got on so well with everybody down there and made good friends." Music lover Debbie enjoyed listening to the radio and attending concerts and going to the cinema.

She was also delighted to be asked by her friends, Tracy and Barry Wilson, to be godmother to their children, eight-year-old Emily and Isla, two.

"When she was asked to be godmother to the two girls that was so important to her," said Gillian.

Heartbroken sister Dianne (35), of Kelty, said she would miss "everything" about her sister.

The family thanked staff at Queen Margaret Hospital for their care and kindness.

The funeral service takes place at Kirkcaldy Crematorium today (Friday) at 2.15pm.