THE sudden and tragic death of a 39-year-old mother of three from Longridge has shocked her family and friends.
Susan Quinn, who had lived and worked in Longridge and was a popular member of the community, was found dead at her home last Friday.
An inquest was opened in Blackburn and has been adjourned until September.
Despite the circumstances, her grieving family say everyone is remembering Susan as someone who had an infectious and warm personality and who was also loved and respected by the many she knew through her work as a carer.
Susan, the youngest daughter of Mrs Dilys Quinn and the late Bill Quinn, was born and grew up in Longridge and she attended Barnacre Road Primary and Longridge High schools.
Her first place of work was at CCM in Garstang where she stayed for four years until the birth of her daughter, Sam.
She later met and married Tim Ball and had twins, Rachel and Rebecca, before starting the work she loved at two Longridge nursing homes, first at Alston Lodge and then Alston View.
"As well as her work, she lived life to the full, socialising with her many friends in Longridge," said daughter Sam. "She really loved being at the nursing homes and got on with everyone. She will be greatly missed."
Her move to Spain for three years was followed by a return to Longridge and to Alston View, where she was working at the time of her death.
In a tribute to her, matron Jackie Cammish said: "Susan was a bright and vibrant member of the team here at Alston View, and popular with both residents and staff. We will miss her very much."
And, although it is 15 years since she was at Alston Lodge, owner Wendy Pickering remembers her as 'a very good worker.'
Susan Quinn's funeral and committal will be at St Lawrence's Church, Longridge, tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm when Sam will read a letter to her and also some words and poetry her mother had requested.
Susan is survived by her three children, her mother, her brother and sister Sean and Margaret, and by her grandson, Alfie.