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Tributes paid following tragic death of much-loved young mother

Thursday, 1 June 2017

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular and much-loved young mother who died suddenly this week.

Erica Ramsey, from Iona Villas in the town, passed away on Monday. News of her death has been met with widespread shock and sadness in the town where she and her family are well-known.

The mother of two young boys was a hugely popular figure locally and her sudden death has sparked an outpouring of grief.

She had worked as a hair stylist and beautician at Strabane Training Services (STS) in the town where she was described as a "great mentor" to many of the young students. Her colleagues and trainees there have been left devastated by her death.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family in recent months following the death of Miss Ramsey's mother, Maureen, in February this year.

Devastated family and friends have taken to social media to pay tribute to her and share their grief at the loss of "a great girl".

One emotional tribute posted on Facebook said: "Can't believe this news. You had the best sense of humour and funniest laugh. Rest in peace Erica. You will be the brightest star in the sky."

"You were a beautiful blessing and a true friend that we were all lucky to have. So heartbroken to think one of the best and kindest people I know is gone. RIP Erica. You will be truly missed by all," another tribute read.

Another friend simply wrote: "Strabane has lost another kind soul."

Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend her funeral when it is held tomorrow morning (Thursday).

The service is due to take place in St Mary's Church, Melmount, at 10am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Erica is survived by her children, Logan and Lennon, partner Matthew and sisters Marcella, Norma, Donna, Karen and Wendy.

Her family have requested that donations in lieu of funeral flowers should be made to Chest Heart and Stroke Association.

 

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