Mum’s plea for help to bring Stephanie home
Donations needed for funeral
HEARING the devastating news that their child has died would be every parent’s worst nightmare.
This was the reality for St Marys resident Margaret Hobbs, who answered a phone call last week to hear her much-loved daughter Stephanie had died.
The mother of five, 34, had previously suffered a minor heart attack.
She died in her Townsville home from an apparent stroke.
With the shock death of her daughter heartbreak enough, Mrs Hobbs has struggled to pull together the funds to bring her daughter home and pay for her funeral.
“We are just devastated,” Mrs Hobbs said. “We rang White Lady Funerals who have a ‘bring them home’ package for situations like this, but it costs $11,500.
“I am on a disability support pension.
“If we can’t come up with the money they will bury her with a cross without her name on it.
“She doesn’t deserve that – she deserves a proper funeral.”
Since receiving the news Mrs Hobbs and Stephanie’s extended family have come up with some money to bring their daughter home, but are still trying to raise money for her funeral.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page in the hope the community can assist them to put their daughter to rest.
Fighting back tears, Mrs Hobbs said any donation big or small would be appreciated.
“She was my baby daughter – can somebody please help me lay her to rest?” she pleaded.
“We are just hoping people will be able to donate a dollar or two to give her what she deserves.”
Margaret Hobbs’ daughter Stephanie (inset) died in Queensland and the family is desperate to bring her home to lay her to rest. Picture: Carmela Roche