Fam­ily pay trib­ute to mum, 39

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

THE fam­ily of a de­voted mum-of-three found stabbed to death have paid trib­ute to a ‘very spe­cial per­son’.

El­iz­a­beth Mer­ri­man, known as Liz and due to cel­e­brate her 40th birth­day later this month, was dis­cov­ered at her home on Birch Cres­cent in Ne­whey, Rochdale, in Oc­to­ber.

A post-mortem found she had died of stab wounds to her torso and ab­domen.

In a mov­ing trib­ute, her griev­ing rel­a­tives said she was a ‘beau­ti­ful and lov­ing’ per­son who would be ‘greatly missed’ by all who knew her, in­clud­ing the chil­dren in care she worked with.

In a state­ment, her fam­ily said: “Liz was funny, kind, car­ing and loyal.

“She was full of fun and had a laugh that once heard, was never for­got­ten. Liz was beau­ti­ful on the in­side and out­side.

“She loved life and doted on her three boys, and they on her.

“She was al­ways ready to help oth­ers and was ex­tremely hard-work­ing.

“Her work with chil­dren in care was re­ward­ing, and she was look­ing for­ward to the open­ing of a new ser­vice and her role there as deputy man­ager.

“She was a very spe­cial per­son and will be greatly missed by fam­ily and friends alike, who all love her dearly.”

Trib­utes also flooded in from friends, with a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign set up to raise money for her fu­neral and her three sons.

De­tec­tives, who were alerted to the tragedy at around 11.30pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, have de­scribed it as an ‘iso­lated in­ci­dent.’

Mum-of-three El­iz­a­beth Mer­ri­man

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