Suzanne Curtis, 37, who was celebrating the end of the academic year fell down from the stairs after returning to her home in Baglan Road, Port Talbot, and died.
An assistant coroner Aled Gruffydd said she had “consumed excessive alcohol while out but made it home safely.” Suzanne used to work as a welfare officer at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre.
The investigation revealed that Suzanne’s partner was babysitting inside the house and when their teenage son tried to come in through the front door he saw the keys on the other side of the door.
Mr. Gruffydd said: “They saw Suzanne’s shoes and handbag in the hall so knew she was home.
“When they looked for her they saw her at the bottom of the stairs which led to the kitchen on the basement level of the house.”
A toxicology report discovered that there was an excessive amount of alcohol in Suzanne’s blood and a post-mortem examination report recorded the cause of her death was respiratory depression and positional asphyxia.
Mr. Gruffydd said: “That was caused by a fall and a traumatic head injury following alcohol intoxication.”
Her family called Suzanne “one of a kind” and paid a tribute to the mom-of-three. Her father, Mr. Curtis said: “She was kind, caring, and had a little bit of a wild side.’’
“She always thought of other people and could not do enough for others. She was really, really family-orientated and her children always came first.
“She was the life and soul. I’ll always remember her for being my daughter. We had so many happy memories right through childhood where we’d all go out on big family get-togethers. For me, I just liked coming down from Leeds and sitting and talking to her. It was always so nice.’’
“She will always be remembered for her fun-loving nature and kindness – she definitely had a wicked side and a great sense of humor. She will just be remembered for being Suzie – she was definitely one of a kind and she touched so many people in a lovely way.’’
“She loved to help the kids and she was very well-respected not just as an employee but as a person. She just had this way with children – they all seemed to listen to her. Some of them had problems at home and she had a knack of calming them down. She will be missed not just by the staff but by the pupils too.”
The headteacher at the school where Miss Curtis used to work also paid a tribute to her. Eugene Scourfield said: “Suzanne will be greatly missed by her family and friends and by all of our school community. Her colleagues will miss her and our pupils will miss her too, especially those with whom she had regular and direct contact.”
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