One of Melanie and George’s friends, Gary Spencer, paid testament to her spirit and fun nature in the years before her brother died.
He said: “Everybody knew ‘Mel’, she was the life of the room, and she would always have time to care for someone else.
“She was so very generous with her time and thoughts, and absolutely adored her family.
“Very much her own person, when Mel was greeted by ‘oh, you’re George’s sister’ she would always reply, ‘no, he’s my Brother.'”