Woman dies a month after dream wedding

By Pieter van Zyl
25 May 2017

"No matter how tired or grumpy she was, she'd make you feel better with her company."

From a young age she was like a porcelain doll -- so fragile.

"My dad was very close with all of us, but they had a special bond. He looked out for her," said Twané Nienaber from Port Elizabeth.

Her 32-year-old sister, Louzanne Summerton, died a month after she got married from an aneurysm in her stomach.

Louzanne and Gregg Summerton (33) met at the Music Kitchen four years ago, a dining venue where musicians perform.

"He carried her through her illness and was hopeful that he would have her in his life, for a long time to come," said Twané. His time with her, as his wife was too short.

The theme of the wedding on April 15, near Seaview was the movie Pad Na Jou Hart.

"Louzanne loved the movie because it was the first Afrikaans one that she and her English husband saw together."

Her life will be celebrated at the Harvest Church in Walmer on Friday.

On Thursday last week, Louzanne's stomach hurt so much that she couldn't even walk. She was in hospital for only three days before she died.

At the age of 26, her colon burst and she was in hospital for nine months, three of those, she spent in the Intensive Care Unit. In the last week of her life, she became very sick again.

But Louzanne loved creativity, she and Gregg even started Summerton Photography.

"She loved chatting and she was always present, wherever she was," remembers Twané. Louzanne also worked with the Hertz car rental company, where she has already been appointed national salesman.

"The customers loved her. No matter how tired or grumpy she was, she'd make you feel better with her company."

"For my dad, it's very difficult," says Twané. As pastor's kids, they and their parents were a close team. "We have always pulled together. Now one of us is torn away."

Her father, Pst Louwtjie Kilian, of the Evangelical Church in the Bay, wrote on his Facebook page:

"As I sit here in my lounge with a broken heart ...missing my beautiful daughter who passed on to be with the Lord -- paging through my memories of her life.

"I could not find one where she did not smile, never did she entered a room without bringing light with her. She was such a joy,you just wanted her around you. Even if she said nothing at all, just her presence brought a calmness and changed the atmosphere... "

Her mother,René Joy Kilian wrote, "Oh, Father God, the pain cuts deeply, but through all of these things my eyes turn to you."

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