Her mum, Ms Manning, 43, cried tears of joy at her daughter and best friend's marriage, which she was a witness at last summer. But the family's happiness was to be cruelly cut short when Mr Butterworth, 47, died unexpectedly of a massive stroke in February. Bereaved Ms Manning is now being comforted by her daughter and Ms Phillips, who live close by in the town of Langley Mill, Derbyshire.
Mum-of-six, Simone said: 'My whole world has collapsed. I couldn't breathe. I felt like I'd been hit by a sledgehammer. We only had a short time together but he was the love of my life.'
Elizabeth began her lesbian relationship three months after they first met and they were sat cuddling on a sofa while Ms Phillip's husband was in a different room. Elizabeth said: 'We ended up kissing. It felt so right and for a few moments, I was on cloud nine.'
Elizabeth now plans to conceive a child via a sperm donor and raise it with Ms Phillips. 'We're now trying for a baby and I know my mum will be the best gran ever. She added: 'Having sex with another woman just felt so right and I realised I could never be truly satisfied by a man.'