The "devastated" family of a woman who was stabbed to death outside a pub have paid tribute as her son was charged with her murder.
Karen Dempsey, 55, died on Monday after being knifed in the chest outside the Brambles pub in Kirkby, Merseyside.
Her son, Jamie Dempsey, 32, has also been charged with possession of a bladed article, wounding with intent and affray.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Merseyside Domestic Violence remand court on Thursday.
Asking for privacy as they come to terms with their loss, the family said her death would be a "huge void".
A statement released through Merseyside Police said: “Karen was a beautiful, vivacious and compassionate woman who always had a smile on her face and lit up a room. Her zest for life was infectious and it left others breathless. She loved being surrounded by her family and friends.
“Karen was dedicated to her work and in helping others she made a real difference to people’s lives. She was a fantastic advocate for social justice for more than 30 years and her loss will be felt right across Kirkby.
“As a family we are devastated by her untimely death – it was her willingness to help that lead to her being cruelly taken from us.
“She will be sorely missed by her family and friends – her death has left a huge void in our lives.
“We would like to thank the police for their investigations and the emergency services who fought so hard to save her life.”