A grieving family are today leading tributes to their ‘kind-hearted’ mum after her shock death.
They are still coming to terms with the loss of Stella Roberts who died following a heart attack at her Tunstall home on January 30 with her loving husband Richard by her side.
The former retail worker was the youngest of her four sisters and three brothers. She also leaves behind her children, Daniel and Demi, as well as two grandsons.
Now the family have set up a fund-raising appeal in the 59-year-old’s memory. They want to support local charities, including the Salvation Army.
Son Daniel, aged 34, from Sandbach, said: “Losing her has had a massive impact on the family. She was the youngest and always the focal point of the family. She was having nephews and nieces around for tea and feeding the family.
“Family meant everything to her. She was such a kind-hearted person and would give you her last pound. She was really sociable and outgoing and would do anything for her family.
“She had a wicked sense of humour and she was so loving. Nothing was too much trouble for her. I will miss the love she had for me and her grandkids, it was so pure. She gave them gifts after gifts on a regular basis and was always putting other people first.”
The teacher added: “My dad and mum went down to Tunstall and she was always handing out £10 notes to homeless people. It was a regular thing for her to do.
“Mum always helped the homeless and we have vulnerable people in our family who she has supported. It’s something that was close to her heart. She has always looked after people all her life.
“It was an unexpected death but she had always talked about helping others so we want to do that.
“One of her wishes was not to have people spend money on flowers but to donate money to homeless charities. Doing what she wanted is helping us all and giving us a focus. We are really proud that we can do what she wants us to do.”
Stella arrived on a horse and carriage during her funeral at Bradwell Crematorium on February 18.
The Roberts family have so far raised £1,400 which has been used to support The Salvation Army, in Tunstall, and Young Disciples, in Chell Heath. Donated items include cereal, non-perishable food tins and toiletries.
Daniel added: “We are looking for any other local charities similar to homeless or vulnerable charities to get in touch.
“My dad had 10 bags of shopping which people could see him dropping off and it fills him with pride to be able to do what my mum wanted him to do.
“We are happy to continue to support those charities and every single year we are going to do regular fundraising.
“I usually run marathons so when they are back on the scene I am going to run for a charity to raise more funds. My dad works at Steelite and they gave a £200 contribution.
“The support has been brilliant. To have as much money as we have had, we never would have thought that.”
To support the fundraising appeal click here.