Fun-loving woman took her own life

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A Sudbury woman who suffered from depression was found hanged at her home, an inquest heard.

The body of Mary Goddard, 62, was discovered in the garage of her house in Betty Cocker Grove on March 24.

On Friday, an inquest in Bury St Edmunds was told that police quickly established there were no suspicious circumstances and the dead woman was identified by her sister.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean said a police report on the incident showed that a note had been found at the scene.

A post-mortem examination conducted by consultant pathologist Dr Karl Love at West Suffolk Hospital confirmed the cause of death as hanging with depression listed as a contributory factor.

Dr Dean said that details provided by Mary Goddard’s GP showed that she had been treated for the effects of depression.

Recording a verdict that she took her own life, Dr Dean said: “It does appear that, sadly, she understood and tragically intended the consequences of her actions.”

After the inquest, Mary Goddard’s family paid tribute to her in a statement which said: “Mary was truly a one-off. She was intelligent, generous and a reliable, caring friend to so many people.

“She was also passionate and fun-loving, with a fantastic sense of humour.

“Our lives will never be quite the same without Mary, but we are thankful to have had such a special daughter, sister and aunt in our family.”