THE family of tragic Warrington mum Helen O’Brien have issued a tribute to the “beautiful, kind and generous person that she was.”
They say that although heartbroken, they take some comfort from knowing she is back in the arms of her soulmate, Kevin, who died of a heart attack last year.
Helen, aged 34, was found in the Mersey at Seacombe, Wirral, on October 2 after last being seen in Lime Tree Avenue, Stockton Heath, on September 25.
Police had mounted a major search for her after her disappearance.
In their statement, Helen’s family say: “We will always remember our Helen as the beautiful, kind and generous person that she was; a brilliant mother to her two sons, and a shining light in all of our lives.
“Since Helen lost Kevin so suddenly last year, she has done her best to cope for the sake of her boys. She fought so hard to get the boys to where they are now, through everything that life threw their way. She was so brave to the end, and we are very proud of her.
“The pain of Helen’s passing is hard to put into words. We are lost, we are down, and we are weakened, but we won’t stay that way for long. We now have the most important job of all; to be pillars of strength, love and courage for the boys as they grow into strong men. Men that will always know how much they are truly loved, by their mum and dad, and the rest of their family.
“While we are heartbroken, we take some comfort in knowing that Helen is back in the arms of her soulmate, and that they are together for all eternity. Not a day will ever pass where we won’t think of both of them. We will miss them always.”
Kevin died just two weeks before he and Helen were due to be married.