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Dying Janesville woman chooses party over funeral

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Diana Purdy Brown knows she is dying and knows how she wants her friends and family to remember her. That's why the 52-year-old is planning a party, instead of a funeral.

The Janesville Gazette reports the Janesville woman plans to throw a party this weekend for those who want to see her one last time, where she can tell them how much they mean to her.

Doctors diagnosed Brown in September with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer, which has spread to her liver and stomach, and gave her six to nine months to live.

She told the Gazette she's making the most of every day she has left, taking her children on a cruise and visiting relatives. At her daughter's urging, she even got a tattoo of her mother and father, something she always wanted to do.

She also knew her four children, ages 15 to 34, dreaded the thought of her funeral, and didn't want final memories of her to be an image of her in a casket.

Brown also wanted the event held soon, while she still feels and looks OK.

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