Tragic pair were ‘well-loved’

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Mr Owens said: “Paula was well-liked, well-re­spected and well-loved by the people who knew her.

“Olive was the quiet part­ner, but we loved them both in equal amount.”

Mr Owens said the cou­ple, who were to­gether for over 30 years but never mar­ried, were “in­sep­a­ra­ble”.

“There was such a good solid bond be­tween them,” he said.

“They didn’t have the wed­ding rings, but in our eyes they were a mar­ried cou­ple.

“They never spent one day apart.”

Ms Owens was a re­tired seam­stress who had worked at SR Gents in Halifax, as well as vol­un­teer­ing at Remploy.

Born in Halifax, she was a big darts and domi­noes player and was trea­surer of Halifax Ladies League for many years.

Not much is known about Ms Stock­dale, who Mr Owens be­lieves is from Hull, and the Coroner’s of­fice has launched an ap­peal to trace her rel­a­tives.

The ap­peal fol­lows the post­mortem which was car­ried out on Satur­day, the re­sults of which led the po­lice to rule out any foul play.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Ri­d­ley, of West York­shire Po­lice, said: “Post mortem ex­am­i­na­tions have been con­ducted and both deaths are be­ing treated as non-sus­pi­cious.

“These women have died in sad cir­cum­stances and their deaths have now been passed to the coroner’s of­fice.”

Flo­ral trib­utes have been left out­side the cou­ple’s home since the dis­cov­ery last Fri­day night.

lAny rel­a­tives of Ms Stock­dale are asked to con­tact Coroner’s of­fi­cer Cate Booth on 01924 431070.

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