Devastated friends and family of a ‘lovely, bubbly’ Sheffield gran who was ‘always smiling’ are to say their final goodbyes at her funeral today - after she was stabbed to death in her own home.
Lorna McCarthy, aged 50, who is to be laid to rest in Sheffield today, was knifed through the heart.
Her husband Barry McCarthy, also 50, has been charged with her murder.
Lorna, whose maiden name was Porter, was a mother-of-one and a grandmother, who grew up in Hillsborough and attended Waltheof School, Manor.
She later attended Sheffield College, where she studied catering, but left the city in search of work, eventually settling on the east coast.
She was killed in her new home town of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk - but her family said she always referred to Sheffield ‘as home’.
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Her sister Donna Cooper, 44, from Chapeltown, and dad Ken, 77, from Norfolk Park, are ‘devastated’ by her death.
Donna said her sister ‘loved life’ - and her ever changing hair colour was a reflection of that.
“She loved life and we loved her - we are still in shock,” she said.
“You never expect anything like this to happen to your family.
“Lorna was full of life - she was lovely, always bubbly. She has left a big hole to fill.
“She dyed her hair every few months - it was blue, pink, purple and green over the years - and it was a reflection of her. She didn’t give a damn what people thought, she just lived life to the full.”
Lorna’s heartbroken daughter, Kerrie Oates, 28, added: “We’re all still in shock and absolutely devastated by what has happened.
“We cannot believe she has gone.
“She loved spending time with her friends and family. She was caring and considerate, and she always put other people before herself.
“She had a big, bright and beautiful personality. There was never a dull moment, she was always smiling.”
The funeral is to be held at City Road Crematorium, Sheffield, at 2.15pm today.
Barry McCarthy, of Sussex Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court for a plea and directions hearing on December 18.