TRIBUTES were today paid to a brave and “golden-hearted” young woman who “touched everyone who knew her”.
Laura Elliott – known as Lozzy to her friends – had battled epilepsy all her life.
She died suddenly after suffering a suspected fit in her sleep.
The 27-year-old, of Garden Close, Poulton, had moved into her own flat less than a year before her death and was said to be “loving” her new independent lifestyle.
Her mother Kathleen, 46, said: “It was her first independent home and she was loving it.
“She was socialising in Poulton a lot with her friends, she was a very bubbly girl and loved her music, her friends and her family. She touched a lot of lives.
“She was golden-hearted and loved all her family dearly.”
The former Highfurlong School pupil – who also leaves her dad John and 21-year-old sister Leanna – had suffered with epilepsy from birth as a result of brain damage.
But Mrs Elliott said the condition never stopped the keen Manchester City fan striving to be like everyone else.
“Out of every month of her life Laura was ill at least one week with the effects of the epilepsy,” she said.
“But she covered that up and didn’t really show it, she was very brave and she wanted to be treated like everyone else.
“Football was a big part of her life. She went to matches and she had a season ticket and she absolutely loved it.”
Tributes from family and friends have poured on to social networking site Facebook since Laura’s death on February 17.
Barbara McNally wrote: “R.I.P. Laura. There are no words in this world that may possibly express the sadness felt at your sad loss.”
Paula Hunter added: “Laura, you were one of the most caring people I have ever met.
“Whenever we chatted over a drink at the Breck you always had something funny to say, which would always cheer us up.”
And Nathan Barrow said: “R.I.P Laura. We will forever miss you, may your memory stay in our hearts forever.”
Laura’s funeral will take place on Wednesday at St Chad’s Church, Poulton, at 2pm.
Those attending are asked to where whatever they feel comfortable in – traditional black or bright colours and football shirts in Laura’s memory.
Donations in memory of Laura can be made to Highfurlong School Fund.