Love-struck Sian had new life in Dominican Republic stolen by tragedy
Devastated neighbours have told how much-loved schoolteacher Sian Marshall-Plewes was ready to start her life again.
She had battled through seven years of heartbreak following the shock death of her husband Mark in 2006.
And in October of last year her mother, Veronica, died of cancer.
According to her friends, one of her two beloved Labradors had died in recent months, too.
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But there was light at the end of the tunnel.
It is believed the 36-year-old had rediscovered love with a man in the luxury holiday resort of Dominican Republic and was all set to move to the Caribbean next month.
Following a decade as an English teacher at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy, Sian, who lived in Nightingale Crescent in Birchwood, stepped down in July.
She had found a new home for her one remaining dog, Keo, and she was eager for her exciting new life to begin.
But, just as Sian thought she had turned a corner, tragedy struck.
She was on holiday in the Dominican Republic, where it is thought she wanted to move permanently. In the early hours of Saturday morning, while swimming close to the popular Sosua Beach, she drowned.
She is believed to have been swimming with a man named locally as Jose Manuel Cordero at the time before being hit by a strong wave. She inhaled water before passing out.
Her body floated to shore soon after.
She had been staying at an apartment in Calle Llibre for a week and was intending to fly back on the Sunday.
Neighbour Nora Newcombe told the Echo: "It is so sad.
"She had such a hard life and she loved her husband dearly, but he died.
"She was planning on moving to the Dominican Republic. It is such a shame."
Michaela Bray, 14, a neighbour who was also taught English by Sian, said: "She was such a bubbly, lovely person.
"She was someone everyone wanted to be around, an absolute inspiration.
"She always seemed to have a smile on her face and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her."
An emotional Lyn Blow lived next door to Sian for 14 years and the pair were good friends.
She said: "I am absolutely devastated. She was a good neighbour and, more than anything, a good friend. I will miss her so much."
Sian's death has not only caused grief in the street where she lived, it has affected an entire community in the south of the city.
She was a regular at the Birchwood estate's Green Barrel pub, often enjoying a drink or two in the evening after work before playing on the quiz machine.
Her favourite drink was berry cider.
Tony Jeffery, a 52-year-old scaffolder, often spoke to her in the pub and said: "She was a very quiet and intelligent person.
"She was so polite and everyone would say hello to her and she was always so nice back.
"She would come in, buy her regular little bottle of cider and have a play on the quiz machine.
"She was a lovely girl and her face will be greatly missed."
Posting on Facebook, Di Dochety said: "A tragic end to the life of Sian our daughter-in-law who survived her husband Mark who left us nearly seven years ago you will be greatly missed."
Friends have planned a gathering in memory of Ms Marshall-Plewes.
They will meet at the Priory City of Lincoln Academy, in Skellingthorpe Road, at 2pm on Saturday, August 10.
They intend to place flowers in her memory.