A mother with 13 children died of a coronavirus and left her heartbroken wife to pay tribute to the "backbone of our family".
Sonia Partridge, 35, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, died in the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, leaving her partner Kerry Ann without "my life for the past 11 years".
The next day, Ms. Partridge, 40, touchingly paid tribute to her wife, who said she was "bullied for being so tall, but gave us all the confidence to be individual and not care what anyone thought".
Sonia had two children of her own and Kerry Ann had six, while the other five came from a sperm donor.
Sonia Partridge (back row, center, with family), 35, of Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, leaving her partner Kerry Ann without my life for the past 11 years & # 39;
Ms. Partridge, who is studying to become a university midwife, said Sonia "loved everyone with passion" and that it will be "so difficult" to look after the youngest 11 of her children without her.
She said her family needed time because they had received an eviction notice from their landlords and that they had set up a fundraiser to help cover Sonia's funeral expenses and help her over the winter.
Speaking of her family home in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, Ms. Partridge said, “I just go into a room and expect to see her and she's not there.
"I watch the younger kids running around like nothing has changed and it's very hard to accept that she'll never see them grow up."
The next day, 40-year-old Kerry Ann Partridge (right) paid a touching tribute to her wife (left). She said, "She was bullied for being so tall, but gave us all the confidence to be individual and not care what anyone thought."
She added that Sonia, who had health issues, "could only manage a word or two" after being rushed to North Tees University Hospital on Friday, but that "we were with her when she died".
Fought back the tears, she said, "She got too tired and decided to take the oxygen mask off and after that she walked very quickly."
Daughter Meera Jo, 16, saw her mother in hospital before she died and said, "There will never be enough words" to pay tribute to her.
Miss Partridge said, “It has made a huge hole in our entire lives. It's hard to tell the little one that she went away with the angels and is not coming home.
“No matter how hard it was for her, she always put everyone else first, and now she's gone.
Sonia (pictured) had two children of her own and Kerry Ann had six, while the other five came from a sperm donor
“We just feel numb and sometimes we just cry and can't stop crying.
"And when we laugh now, it feels wrong because she's not here to laugh with us."
Ms. Partridge said she, Meera, and the other children, the youngest of whom is two years old, are coping with their loss by "doing the things that would make Sonia feel better."
She said, “We'll do the housework and get out the Christmas decorations.
& # 39; Sonia loved Christmas, it was her favorite time of year. She put so much magic into everything she did.
“She was the housewife, the foundation of our house. She ran around looking after the boys, making sure the laundry was done and was there for the kids when they wanted to hug them.
"We just want people to know how great she was."
You can find the family fundraiser here.
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