The family of 59-year-old Joy Boulton has paid tribute to her following her death at her home in Ash on 11 May.
Officers were called to a property in Church View at around 5.50pm by the South East Coast Ambulance Service following a concern for safety. On arrival, Joy was sadly found dead inside the property.
Joy’s family has today paid tribute to her, saying:
“The family are deeply devastated by this senseless act of violence which has changed our lives forever. Joy was a good pupil at school and had many friends many of whom she kept in touch with.
“When she left school, she continued with her education doing various courses from advancing her typing skills to book-keeping and accountancy.
“Joy cared for our parents when they both became ill. She was a very caring person. Joy was always ready to help other people whenever she could despite having many health and mobility problems herself. She fought many health problems over the years but always battled on.
“Joy will be sadly missed and never forgotten. All the family wish to thank everybody for their kind thoughts and support at this difficult time.”
Joy’s fiancé said, “After having known Joy for over 20 years but losing contact, we met again around two years ago when she found me. It was the happiest time of my life being with Joy, until she was taken through this dreadful crime. Joy was a truly wonderful and kind woman - you’ll always be in my heart.”
Other members of Joy’s family added;
“A vulnerable lady, and a busy person who thought to help others. Joy was a great, fun character.
“Taken from your sister, nieces, nephews, great nephews and great nieces. You did not deserve this.
“Joy worked in Potters Instrument Shop in Aldershot for over 25 years. She fought for her life in the Intensive Care Unit a few years ago and bounced back.
“You will be forever missed and always loved. May you rest in peace with our Mum/Nan.”