Heartbreaking tributes paid to ‘adored’ mother who died suddenly


Tributes have been paid to a “beloved” mother and nurse who tragically took their own lives.

Helen Jane Probin, 42, was found dead on February 23, 2021 at a farm after being reported missing from her home the day before.

The inquest into the Cheshire woman’s death, held in Caernarfon, Wales, heard how Mrs Probin had been struggling with personal financial difficulties, as well as managing the administration of her late father’s estate.

North Wales Live reports her partner, Richard Probin, said in a statement that the night before she disappeared, Mrs Probin had put her seven-year-old son Harry to bed at around 9pm and read him a story before falling asleep in his bed with him, which he often did.

The next morning, before he left for work around 8am, he checked on them and they were still in bed, but when he returned at 10:30am, Harry was outside playing and Mrs. Probin’s car was missing.

When he was unable to reach her on his mobile phone, the police were called and shortly afterwards Ms Probin’s car was seen near South Stack in Anglesey.

The next day, February 23, at around 9:30 am, a worker at Bodwarren Farm, Holyhead, discovered Ms Probin’s body on the ground and reported it to the police.

Helen Probin's son was her 'absolute world'
Helen Probin’s son was her ‘absolute world’

Her husband, Mr. Probin, described his wife as a “fantastic wife and mother” who would “go out of her way” to help people.

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In a statement read out in court, Probin said: “She was a very loving and caring person and cared deeply for her family.

“He had contracted covid before his death and spent his time isolating himself baking and caring for our son.

“There was nothing in his behavior that would have made me think he would do this.

“She was a unique and wonderful person, I adored her.

“I can never get over what happened.”

During the investigation, Ms Probin’s older sister, Diane Lloyd Brown, who alerted police when her sister went missing, described Ms Probin as a “lovely mommy” to her son, who was his “whole world”. .

In a statement released by Ms Brown, her husband and their children, following the investigation, she said: “The loss of Helen Jane is a tragic waste.

“She was a dear sister and aunt whose life was so closely and lovingly intertwined with our own.

“Her beautiful smile will always remain in our memories and there will always be a Helena-shaped hole in our hearts.”

Concluding that Mrs Probin committed suicide, Acting Chief Coroner Katie Sutherland said: “Helen Probin was reported missing from her home in Malpas the day before.

“She had traveled by car from her home to Anglesey, where she was later found suspended from a gate at a farm in Holyhead.

“She had been suffering with the pressure of the administrative aspect of dealing with the late father’s estate and may have been struggling financially herself.

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“She had also contracted Covid for the second time.

“I am satisfied that she died as a result of her own actions and do not consider it a cry for help considering the distance she traveled and the location where she was found.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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