Family’s heartbreak as young mum-of-two ‘loved by everyone’ dies suddenly aged 21

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A popular mum-of-two who “lit up any room she walked into” has taken her own life.

Sophie Watts died on February 4, her heartbroken family have said.

Hundreds of friends and family have paid tribute to the 21-year-old, who was well-known across Teesside.

On Saturday, 150 people came together at South Gare to pay tribute to the former Aruba nightclub barmaid by releasing orange balloons – because Sophie would always wear eye shadow in that colour.

She leaves behind children Jake, two, and Riley, four, as well as dad Peter, mum Debbie, four brothers – Ged, Michael, Damo and Peter – and three sisters – Bethany, Nicola and Lisa.

Bethany Watts, Sophie’s sister, paid tribute to her on behalf of her family.

The mum-of-one described her sister as a “party girl through and through”.

She said: “She was the life and soul of every party and lit up any room she walked into.

“She was constantly pranking people.”

Bethany said Sophie loved seeing friends and family, and had recently enjoyed taking the kids and dog for a trip out in the snow.

The 24-year-old said Sophie had a lot of friends and came from a “massive family”.

Bethany added: “Twenty-one-years-old and such a hard life she lived.

“Nothing was ever easy for her and in the end, the fight got too hard and she got too tired to fight anymore.

“Our family is so broken at the minute.

“One minute we had her the next she was gone just like that.”

Bethany told how her sister’s death was a shock to her loved ones and that “no one was expecting it”.

She added: “She rang people on that morning so no one was expecting it.

“She always said ‘love you bye’ – so it was a normal thing.”

Sophie, who went to Oakfields School and lived in Guisborough, “loved” her job at Aruba prior to the pandemic.

A fundraising page has been set up to pay for the cost of Sophie’s funeral and headstone.

Sophie’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at Kirkleatham Memorial Park and Crematorium at 10am.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, 30 family members and close friends are allowed into the service.

Those attending are asked to wear a splash of orange in tribute to Sophie.