Tragedy strikes twice for mother-of-two

Sophie Brown, her mum Mary Scarborough and Russell Brown
Sophie Brown, her mum Mary Scarborough and Russell Brown

A HEARTBROKEN mother-of-two, who lost her son in a tragic motorcycle accident, has been left grief-stricken over the sudden death of her only daughter.

Mary Scarborough, 66, of Upper Park Road, said she was in ‘total shock and disbelief’ following the loss of daughter Sophie Brown.

The popular 42-year-old died of multiple organ failure at the Conquest Hospital, a day before her 43rd birthday following a short but very serious illness.

Sophie died peacefully in the intensive care unit, surrounded by her family and friends.

Her mum said: “I have now lost both Russell and Sophie and am in total shock and disbelief. No other words can describe how I’m feeling.

“Sophie adored her brother and loved her family. She really missed Russell after he died and had a hard time coming to terms with his death.”

Sophie’s father, Alan Brown, along with her family and friends have all been left shocked and deeply saddened over her sudden death, which happened on Saturday, February 8.

Her cousin Mia Edwards paid tribute to her.

She said: “Sophie had a very colourful personality, she loved music and dancing, and had a laugh that would stop a train.”

Sophie attended the Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation, Care Centre (ARRCC) in Rye, where staff and friends paid tribute to her.

She also worked as a volunteer and helped chaperone visitors.

ARRCC is a charity that runs services and activities for disabled adults, such as computing, gardening and cooking.

A statement from the charity said: “Sophie was a very kind and generous lady with a fantastic sense of humour. Her laugh will be sadly missed. God bless and rest in peace, our dear friend.”

Sophie’s 35-year-old brother Russell died in May 2010 following an accident on The Ridge West while he was on his way to work in London.

This week Sophie’s mother told the Observer that she was ‘extremely grateful’ for the care her daughter received and praised all the staff at the Conquest who looked after her.

She said: “The staff were amazing, and they couldn’t have been kinder or more caring.”

Sophie had a Christian faith and was a member of King’s Church in Hastings, where she was actively involved.

Santino Hamberis, one of the church leaders, and long-standing family friend, will be conducting the funeral service on Thursday, February 27 at 2.30pm.

All who knew and loved Sophie are welcome to attend.