An inspirational woman who died from coronavirus will be laid to rest alongside the best friend she lost to cancer.
Diane Barney was one of the longest serving and most respected security guards at Liverpool's criminal and family law courts.
"Warm and kind" but also "fearless and formidable", the 67-year-old was loved by court staff, lawyers, judges and even defendants.
Her tragic death after battling Covid-19 led to a wave of glowing and heartfelt tributes, which praised her personality and "delightful smile".
Parents of children she looked after at Harold Magney Special School in Woolton also shared fond memories, ahead of her funeral last Friday.
Now her family from Toxteth have revealed a poignant gesture, which would have meant the world to Diane and her best friend Mavis Creamer.
Diane's eldest brother Kenny Barney, 74, told the ECHO his little sister loved children, but didn't have any of her own.
But thanks to a special bond with former neighbour Mavis, she became a "second mum" to her lifelong friend's sons and daughters.
Kenny said: "In 1950 we were living in one room on Upper Parliament Street with a cooker on the landing and the toilet in the backyard.
"There were three boys, my mum and my dad, when he was home from sea. Diane came along and my grandfather gave my dad a £200 deposit and we bought a four-storey house on Upper Parliament Street. So really if she hadn't come along, I think we might still have been in one room!
"Backing onto ours was Lowther Street, which was where the Creamers lived and from the day they met, her and Mavis were inseparable.
"Her sons and daughters, Diane more or less was a second mother to them."
Michael Creamer, whose family later moved to Conwy in North Wales, said his siblings Tommy, Karen, Janet and Paul, plus their children and grandchildren, all loved Diane, who they nicknamed "Nana Barney".
He said: "She was my mother's best friend. She came down here all the time and was around all our kids, every Christmas, every birthday, she had hundreds of family but never forgot any of them, she remembered cards for them all. She was an absolutely beautiful woman.
"Every time she was off work or had a weekend off she would come down and stay at my mum's. She was on the phone every night for over an hour – what they talked about for that long I don't know!
"She was an unbelievable woman, so kind and thoughtful for everybody, people who knew her, whether it was judges or anyone, they will all remember exactly what she was like."
Diane, one of seven children herself, introduced Michael to cheering on Liverpool FC and took him down to Wembley when he was 10-years-old.
Kenny said: "She was a fanatical Liverpool supporter, she would take Michael, put him in the Boys' Pen, then she would go in the Kop. When he was old enough, she would take him in the Kop too.
"She used to travel away to all the matches. I used to follow Liverpool home and away, but it was a bit dodgy going away from home, so I stopped. You couldn't deter her – she went, and that was that!"
Diane left her job at Harold Magney more than 30 years ago because of a bad back from lifting children in and out of the school's swimming pool, but was still in touch with former pupils and their parents.
At the time Kenny managed Liverpool Markets, so he asked his security firm whether they had any work, and Diane ended up embarking on a second career.
Kenny, who now lives in Oxton, Wirral, said: "She was strict, you knew you couldn't take advantage of her… but she was just openhearted and gregarious, and she loved children.
"She used to come to ours and she would name so many names and birthdays, and grandchildren of the Creamers, to be honest we were totally bamboozled!"
Sadly, Diane's great friend Mavis died from cancer in October 2018, at the age of 76, and the Barney family were among those who attended her funeral.
Now, thanks to an incredible gesture from one family to another, the pair will be reunited.
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Prior to Diane's funeral, Kenny told the ECHO: "We're having a cremation and we're having two caskets.
"When this is all over, we're going to bury one of the caskets with her mother and her sister in Springwood Cemetery, and the other casket we're going to bury in Conwy with Mavis.
"Diane was a legend – she's as well known in Conwy as she is in Liverpool."