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Husband’s heartache as he finds ‘bubbly’ wife who made everyone feel good dead in bed

A husband has told how his world has been left in tatters after he discovered his “bubbly” wife dead in bed. Marie Stevens had been attacked by two Rottweilers just weeks before her death.

She had undergone hospital treatment for her injuries following the attack on August 17. But despite being discharged from hospital she was found dead at her home in Brighton-le-Sands on September 3.

The Liverpool Echo reported how the 40-year-old was allegedly attacked as she “tried to stroke” the dogs, who were on a lead, on Park Lane West, in Netherton. It was said that the dog owners, a man and a woman, had tried to stop the attack.

Now Marie’s husband Mark has paid tribute to the woman who would “make everyone laugh”. He said: “She was a bubbly person who loved animals, our house is like Noah’s Ark.

“Everyone around the neighbourhood knew her, she constantly laughed and made everyone happy and feel good. We didn’t have any kids, we had our much-loved dogs.



Marie Stevens with husband Mark
Marie Stevens with husband Mark

“We both looked after my uncle and worked full time jobs so we never really had the chance to have children ourselves but she was amazing, she always put others first.”

Following the attack Marie was given first aid until an ambulance arrived . She was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged. However, her husband found her dead the morning after her discharge.

Mark met Marie on a blind date more than 20 years ago and said: “From the minute I saw her, the rest was history. Before she died we were talking about spending more time together.

“My whole world has fallen apart in a split second. Twenty-one years together, married for four, and that’s it, gone. It’s like restarting my life now. But I’ve got so many memories and a strong family.

“Marie was so loved, it’s hard to deal with at the minute, we’ve been robbed. She loved animals, we had a best dog at our wedding and we loved going to Wales with our dog. I’m so very sorry I lost you, I hope you and Max are walking together on the beach.”



Marie Stevens
Marie died after being discharged from hospital

A post mortem examination determined the primary cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Tributes have since been pouring in for the woman who touched everyone’s hearts.

Former Colleague Emily Critchley said: “Everyone says people are nice but she really was lovely. She talked to everyone and was a huge animal lover.

“We are still in shock. She had the best laugh and would have you laughing. She used to talk and sing to herself all the time, loving Whitney Houston. And she loved to go on date night with Mark, she’s get her hair done and made so much effort even after 20 years.”

Marie, who had been a care worker for more than 20 years, was enjoying her job at the Woolsten Mead Care Home. She always wanted to help others and put others first.

Steph Tomlinson, who met Marie during a paper round at the age of 14, added: “I was on the corner with friends and Marie was walking past singing along with headphones in and said hi, that’s how it started. She was amazing, always there and was kind and an animal lover. I was lucky to have her as my friend, my son loves her as well, he’s devastated.

“No 40-year-old should be gone, she was a big part of all our lives and was known as the little bundle of joy. She was little but you knew she was there, she had everyone laughing.

“She was just amazing, not afraid to talk to anyone in the street. She will be missed by a lot of people. I still can’t believe it, I was away and texted her goodnight, speak to you tomorrow and I never did. We are still in shock, it’s crazy.”

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