A nine-year-old girl discovered her mother dead in her bed on New Year’s Day.
Mum-of-three Tammy Louise Jones, 34, was found by her youngest daughter Elise just before 10.30am.
The cause of the death is still unknown, but there are no suspicious circumstances.
Tributes have flooded in for Tammy, from Stockbridge Village in Merseyside, with her sister describing her as “the life and soul of everything”.
Kimberley Jones, 33, told the Liverpool Echo she was trying to “keep a level head for the kids” but felt like she “had lost her right arm”.
“She was just the life and soul of everything, loved by everyone who met her,” Kimberley said.
“She would do anything for anyone and loved her kids more than everything.
“I don’t have kids, but I guess now I do.”
Tammy is survived by her sister Kimberley, her daughters Elise and Keira, 12 and 13-year-old son Dylan.
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The children are being cared for by relatives, and Kimberley said: “They are going to be lost without her.”
“Elise is a shadow, she usually sleeps in bed with her mum, but the one night she didn’t.”
Elise found her mum at 10.27am, and alerted her brother and sister.
Older brother Dylan then called an ambulance before Kimberley arrived.
Tammy will be cremated at Anfield Cemetery and put with her mother’s ashes, who died six years ago.
Growing up in Wavertree in a shared bedroom, Tammy used to play the big sister role, teasing Kimberley who, in turn, would ‘snitch’ on her.
“She was the best big sister I could ask for,” Kimberley said.
Tammy was about to join her sister, who works as a prison officer at Altcourse, to work as a healthcare assistant in the prison.
They all spent Christmas together where they sat up playing board games and chatting.
After moving to Stockbridge Village four years ago, she became part of the close-knit community.
Kimberley said Tammy’s neighbour and close friend, who she cooked roast dinners for, is devastated.