Family pay tribute to mum, 39
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