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Joanne Mickaela Rose Mather

Jo passed away on the morning of Tuesday 19th June 2018 at approx 4am. She was in the Accident and Emergency Dept. at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the Bahamas.

The family are still awaiting exact details of Jo's death from the Coroner in the Bahamas. They have been liaising with a family friend, who has been helping with the funeral arrangements and dealing with the officialities.

Jo had no provision for any funeral costs, so the family are looking for support.

(...please see update below)

Joanne had been living in the Bahamas for several years, after originally leaving the UK to live in Spain. She had been back to the UK several times, including a stint in 2012-2013, but returned to the Bahmas with her youngest daughter Tegan.

Things were not always rosy in the Bahamas, and Joanne had suffered from alcohol addiction. She had visited a rehabilitation centre on more than one occasion.

Tegan returned to the UK to live with her Dad in 2016 after conditions became worse living with Jo. The girls had been in contact with their Mum quite regularly since then.

Several people tried unsuccessfully to help Jo get back to the UK. She was known to the British Embassy and the British Honorary Consul, who identified Jo's body after her death. The British Honorary Consul had attempted to get Jo back to the UK (when Jo was still alive), but to no avail.

Joanne passed away from complications caused by Cirrhosis of the Liver, after being taken to the the Princess Margaret Hospital shortly before her death.

A family friend based out there, who tried to help identify the body, made the following comment in a message to the family. This was after the British Honorary Consul had visited and confirmed that she had identified Jo as being the deceased.

The Hospital told her that Jo came in in very bad shape, emaciated and very weak.

The picture above was taken quite a bit before she passed, and it's clear she was a shadow of her former self. Things got worse in the months following this photo being taken.

After the post mortem, Jo's body was released from the hospital and was taken to the Legacy Funeral Home pending cremation.

I will post details of the fiances. The target amount is probably slightly higher than the Legacy Funeral Home fees, after foreign exchange conversion, PayPal fees and Just Giving fees. However, if there is any surplus, we hope to give some to the rehab facility that cared for Jo.

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  • Ashley Preston5 months ago
    Ashley Preston

    Ashley Preston

    5 months ago

    I've added a bit more to the story part above, to (hopefully) explain the situation a bit better...

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  • Ashley Preston5 months ago
    Ashley Preston

    Ashley Preston

    5 months ago

    Many thanks for the support so far. I will get back to anybody who has donated personally. Cheers, Ash

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Page last updated on: 8/7/2018 1:02 PM



  • mark


    Aug 7, 2018

    Hope she's back soon


  • Rob


    Aug 7, 2018

    Our jo


  • Anonymous


    Aug 6, 2018


  • Catherine Davis

    Catherine Davis

    Aug 3, 2018

    What a tragic story. Beautiful girl. hope this helps a little. xxxxx


  • Keith Beefy Sheard

    Keith Beefy Sheard

    Aug 3, 2018

    Hope this helps, such a beautiful person deserves the best send off. She has so many friends. xxxxxx Rest in Peace Jo. xxxxxx


  • Terri Brown

    Terri Brown

    Aug 3, 2018

    RIP Jo x x x


  • Brendan McCarthy

    Brendan McCarthy

    Aug 3, 2018

    God bless Joanne always the life & soul of any party !!!! Taken way to soon hope your spinning some tunes up there!!!! R.I.P from Bren and St Helens gang xx


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I was in a relationship with Joanne for about 9 years. We went our separate ways soon after she moved to Spain (for the first time) with our youngest daughter Tegan. Whilst I have had very little to do with Joanne since 2013, I am trying to help for Jordon's and Tegan's sake.

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