The funeral takes place next week for a woman whose death is the subject of a murder investigation.
Ellia Arathoon, 29, who lived near Ellesmere Port town centre, was last seen on Friday, October 28.
Craig Andrew Procter, 39, of Shephard Close, Ellesmere Port, pleaded not guilty to her murder at a hearing on Friday (December 9). A trial will take place at Chester Crown Court from July 3 next year.
Ellia’s funeral will take place at Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, known as Our Lady’s Church, on Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, at 11.30am on Monday, December 19.
Best friend Steph Griffiths, who organised a recent balloon release to celebrate Ellia’s life, said: “We had an amazing turn out for the balloon release and would love an even bigger turn out to finally lay her to rest. This is welcome to anybody who knew and loved her or wants to pay their respects.”
Ellia is survived by her eight-year-old son Reece, parents Elaina and Lee and sister Emma.
Reece, who lives with dad John Dunne and step-mum Zoe, wrote a heart-wrenching letter to Ellia after talking to his dad about the ‘fantastic memories’ he cherished of his mum. Reece sent the letter skywards when he released the first balloon at a balloon release attended by family members, friends and the community at large by the canal at the end of Cromwell Road.
The letter read: “To mummy, I love you a million times around the world. I wish you didn’t die. I remember playing with you and that made me happy.
“I know you are an angel now and you can see me all the time.
“I feel sad but I’m going to be brave, love Reece.”
Dad John, from Ellesmere Port, described his ex-partner as ‘one of a kind’ and said he was trying to protect his son from the details of his mum’s death.
John said: “Ellia used to do everything with him - the bond they had together was just remarkable really.”
Cheshire Police have confirmed that human remains have now been formally identified as Ellia Arathoon. An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned on December 2.