Tributes to an absolute star'

PUBLISHED: 12:38 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

Maggie Ritchie

Maggie Ritchie

TRIBUTES have been made to a bubbly barmaid with an infectious laugh . Maggie Ritchie, 49, of Hadrians Walk, Stevenage, died on Friday, a week before her 50th birthday, after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Maggie, who had worked at the Red Lion in the Hi

TRIBUTES have been made to a bubbly barmaid with an "infectious laugh".

Maggie Ritchie, 49, of Hadrians Walk, Stevenage, died on Friday, a week before her 50th birthday, after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Maggie, who had worked at the Red Lion in the High Street as a barmaid for the past 15 years, was regarded as the "life and soul" of the establishment.

Pub landlord Wayne Miller said: "It was a complete shock. She was an absolute star and had an infectious laugh.

"The pub is going to be very quiet without her."

Maggie leaves behind husband Paul and daughters Seline, 29 and Jaide, 17.

Seline said: "My mum was amazing and spent her life working in pubs. She was the best barmaid in the world!"

Best friend Sue Nicholas said: "She was the best friend in the whole world. She was always there for me and she is someone I will miss very dearly.

"She touched so many people and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

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