Andrew Lindo trial: Holmfirth High School’s memorial to murdered Marie Stewart

THE former school workmates of murdered learning support worker Maria Stewart have paid tribute to their much-loved colleague.

Tribute to Marie Stewart at Holmfirth High School
Tribute to Marie Stewart at Holmfirth High School

THE former school workmates of murdered learning support worker Maria Stewart have paid tribute to their much-loved colleague.

The 30-year-old mum-of-two had been working at Holmfirth High School with disabled children prior to her death.

Staff spoke at the time of her death of their shock and a permanent memorial has since been placed at the school.

Acting head teacher Gail Howe said: “A permanent stone memorial has been placed in the main entrance alongside a shrub.

“Her family attended a private service when it was laid in school grounds.”

The memorial stone reads: ‘Death brings a heartache that no one can ever heal,

But you can give us memories that no one can ever steal

Forever in our hearts’

Executive head Dr Andy Williams said: “Marie was extremely committed to her work in school and was a committed and caring person who will understandably be missed by those with whom she worked.”

Former colleagues Miriam Thomas, a special needs educational supervisor, and teaching assistant Dawn Bowers praised Marie.

Ms Thomas said:“Marie was a very pleasant person who was professional and good at her job. I knew she was going to fit in well with the team.”

Ms Bowers said: “She was very conscientious. She loved her job. She was very good at it. It was very demanding, physically and mentally.”

A FAMILY friend of murdered mum-of-two Marie Stewart has paid tribute to her family.

Steve Taylor, of Upperthong grew up in the same village as Marie and is a good friend of the Stewart family.

He said: “It’s one of those surreal things which happens to other people.

“For it to happen so close to home, as a parent it makes you appreciate what you’ve got.

“Marie was a lovely girl. Well mannered.

“She came from a good family background.

“Her dad was chairman of the Village Hall and her mum ran the local Rainbows as did Marie.

“They both did a lot of work in the community”.

Speaking of Marie’s two children he added: “The kids are doing well but it is expensive so as a community we want to ease the burden financially.

“If we can give them anything to help in what must be very strained circumstances we will.”

 
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