A WIDOW who tried to kill herself told her family 'I wanted to give you a surprise'.
Barbara Boulton, 80, had left a note but was found on her bedroom floor by her daughter.
The retired publican later made another attempt in January 2004 after becoming depressed over Christmas.
She had became increasingly reclusive after moving to Frodsham from Torquay in September 2001.
Daughter Lorraine said: 'Looking back on it now, she must have saved up her tablets, and that was also why she was getting so depressed, but at the time I didn't realise it.
'One day she said, 'what floor are we on?' I told her it was the first floor. She told me 'If I could get over to that window I'd throw myself out.'
The next day she suffered a massive stroke from which she apparently did not wish to recover.
On April 28 last year she was moved from the Countess of Chester Hospital to Loxley Nursing Home in Lower Robin Hood Lane, Helsby, but died of pneumonia and other infections on May 12.
Barbara Boulton also had a high level of antidepressants and pain killers in her bloodstream when she died.
On Friday at Chester Coroner's Court, coroner Dr Janet Napier recorded a verdict of natural causes associated with blood toxicity.
She said: 'The only thing I can think of is that she very determinedly gathered the medicine. She went into the home wanting to end her life anyway.
'On the night of May 11 and 12 she became very unwell. The overdose was an additive to it.'
However, she said the care at Loxley had been excellent but called on nursing homes to change their practices and check that patients with a history of over-dosing had swallowed all the tablets.
Mrs Boulton's brother Peter added: 'My sister was very determined to end her life. There is always a possibility a tablet is under the tongue and you have got to make sure that does not happen.'