Mum-of-three tragically dies suddenly in her sleep just weeks before Christmas

A mum-of-three who would offer free meals on to people in need has died suddenly in her sleep just weeks before Christmas.

Popular pub owner Lynda Ormrod, 55, from Prenton, Merseyside, who was not known to have any health issues, went to sleep and didn't wake up, her friend revealed.

She left three devastated children – Kevin, 31, Natalie, 34 and Bethany, 13 – after she died on November 28.

Friend Jenny Farrell, 34, was shocked at Lynda's sudden passing and told Liverpool Echo : "She just went to sleep and did not wake up.

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"She didn't have any ongoing health issues, there was nothing wrong with her.

"Any time [to lose someone] is bad, but it's the time of year when everybody is supposed to be celebrating.

"It's just horrible."

The mother-of-three was known to locals in Birkenhead as she managed three pubs, The Hamiltons, The Cross and Moodz Bar.

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Paying tribute, Jenny, from Crosby, said: "She would give anyone her last penny if they needed it. She was the life and soul of any party, everyone used to call her Aunty Lynda because she looked out for people.

"She used to do Christmas dinners in the pub for people who didn't have any food, she was just a lovely woman and really funny."

The family, she said, have had an autopsy return but with no cause of death established yet.

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She said: "At the moment, she just did not wake up from her sleep. We all go to sleep thinking it will be a normal day and we'll wake up again."

Lynda's youngest child found her mother in the morning after she died, Jenny added.

She set up a GoFundMe page for Lynda's devastated family to try and raise funds for her funeral.

On the fundraising page , she wrote: "This was such a shock to all her family who are truly heartbroken.

"Anyone who knew Lynda knows what a legend she was, and will be hugely missed by everyone.

"To take as much pressure as we can from the family at this time, any donations will be hugely appreciated."

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