Devastated mom loses her husband 9 months after the tragic death of their six-year-old daughter
Joey Ayres has shared her misfortune of losing her better half, Mark Barfoot, only nine months after the demise of their six-year-old daughter Lyla.
This year has been a horrible year for Joey of Lincoln, East Midlands, as she lost her daughter, her husband, and her older sister, as reported by Daily Mail.
On March 1, Joey's little girl Lyla died of sepsis, seven days after she was taken to the hospital whining of a headache.
"Losing my daughter Lyla, my partner Mark and my elder sister Sharon all in the same year you could not write in a book."
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The year just deteriorated when Mark died of a heart attack on his way to collect their 2-year-old granddaughter on November 13.
The paramedics and kind-hearted individuals tried to help Mark. However, he was later declared dead in the hospital.
This year, Joey also lost her older sister Sharon to cancer.
"Losing my daughter Lyla, my partner Mark and my elder sister Sharon all in the same year you could not write in a book," the devastated mother said.
"But all of them, Lyla, Mark and Sharon would want me to be strong for the rest of the family. I have six other children and seven grandchildren."
Joey said she "was in total shock" and that she "couldn't believe it was happening again."
"Mark was a perfect dad - he really was. He was loving and kind and would do anything for anyone. Family was his life and his world," she said.
"I am heartbroken - we all are. It gives me comfort to know he [Mark] is up there with Lyla. We have had three die in nine months. 2018 really has been a horrendous year. You couldn't write it in a book."
Joey, who has six other children aged between 11 and 30, continued that she puts her agony to the back of her mind to ensure that she is there for her family.
"It is hard but I am trying to stay strong. I want to make Christmas as magical as possible for the kids and the grandchildren. Mark would have wanted me to carry on and be strong," she said.
Disregarding her grief, Joey said that she's very thankful for everyone who tried to help Mark.
A family friend has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the funeral and to support the family.