Mum’s plea for help to bring Stephanie home

Do­na­tions needed for fu­neral

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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

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