Family’s heartache as young mum found dead at home

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MYSTERY surrounds the death of a young mum after she was found dead by her son at their home.

Joanne Drysdale’s family have been left stunned after Cameron, 14, couldn’t wake her as she sat watching television.

The mum-of-one died suddenly, just hours after saying goodnight to the schoolboy and texting her mum Miriam.

Doctors still don’t know what caused the popular Washington mum’s death, which has devastated her close-knit family and circle of friends.

It could take up to three months for the family to find the answer they crave as experts conduct tests on samples taken from the mum’s body.

Dad Robert, 62, said: “Joanne had been sitting on the couch, watching TV. Cameron came downstairs in the morning and he rang me to say ‘grandad, I can’t wake mum and she’s really cold’.”

Robert rushed from his home in Whitbourne Close, Usworth, to Joanne’s house nearby in Tyne Gardens, Concord.

The dad-of-three says despite it being obvious his youngest daughter was dead, he tried to resuscitate her.

As they struggle to deal with Joanne’s sudden death on October 5, the family say they have found comfort in the messages of support from her friends and colleagues at project management firm Norland in Ponteland, where she was described as the “life and soul of the office”.

Mum Miriam, 62, said: “Joanne was such a bubbly person, she had a really infectious laugh. When she laughed, you couldn’t help but laugh with her. We are lost without her.

“We are a very close family. She used to come round her every night after work for tea. I was just texting her about coming round on the night she died.”

Robert, who is also dad to Karen, 37, and Dawn, 39, said: “Joanne seemed healthy, She wasn’t on any medication and hadn’t been poorly. The only thing she complained of was pains in her chest a couple of weeks before her death. We told her to get them checked out, but because they had gone away, she never went to the doctors about it.”

As well as being a devoted mum to Cameron, who attends Washington School, Joanne, who was known as Jo, loved spending time with her family and going to the bingo with sister Karen and cousins Diane and Suzanne.

Robert said: “Joanne was really popular and the support we have had from everybody, especially her co-workers, has been fantastic. We’d like to say thank you to everyone.”

•Joanne’s funeral is at South Shields crematorium on Thursday at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the wake at the Stella Maris club in Albany.