Family mourns tragic Paula

Paula Lewis
Paula Lewis

A 42-year-old woman found dead at her home had been trying hard to beat alcoholism.

Paula Lewis had recently gone six months without a drink and secured a job as a counsellor helping others.

Paula, of Chapel Close, Holywell Green, was found with injuries at the bottom of stairs late on Monday night.

A 44-year-old man held in connection with the incident was later released without charge.

A post mortem examination revealed the injuries were consistent with a fall.

Paula, was a mum of four and was born in Leeds and was a promising BMX rider as a youngster.

She moved to Calderdale in 1983 when her parents Derek and Brenda took over the former White Swan pub, Ripponden.

She later returned to live in Leeds for several years before moving to Halifax about 10 years ago.

“She was a lovely girl who would give anybody her last penny and would always help people if she could,” said Mr Lewis, who now runs a pub at Long Preston, North Yorkshire, with his wife. It’s just devastating. She had tried so hard and she had gone six months without alcohol - she always tried.”

Mr Lewis recalled Paula’s joy at getting a job.

“A month ago she was so pleased to get the job counselling other people with drink problems,” he said.

Her four children are stunned and unable to speak to anyone about the tragedy and all were devoted to their mum.

They are daughters Leanne, 25, Danielle, 22, Sapphire, seven, of Halifax; and son Cain, 17, who lives near Ripon.

“We will give them all the support we can. We will be there for them,” said Mr Lewis.

She also leaves sisters, Yvette Simpson, of Greetland; Sharron Lewis-Smith, of Sowerby Bridge; and three brothers in Long Preston.

The funeral has yet to be arranged.