A Saint John woman whose body was discovered in her south end home on Sunday is being remembered as a hardworking mother of four, with a quirky sense of humour and the ability to turn every negative into a positive.

Saint John police say Cynthia (Cindy) Irving, 45, was the victim of a homicide.

Cynthia (Cindy) Irving

Cynthia (Cindy) Irving's body was discovered at her Carmarthen Street home on Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of Fundy Funeral Home)

Her husband, Joseph Paul Irving, 53, has been charged with second-degree murder.

No details about the cause of death have been released. Police have received the autopsy results, but say the information won't be made public, as the matter is now before the courts.

"These documents are … evidence that will be released through the judicial process," Sgt. Jay Henderson stated in an email.

Meanwhile, family and friends are mourning the loss of Cynthia Irving, who worked as a pharmacy technician for the Atlantic Superstore in Millidgeville.

"Cindy was an amazing, hardworking mother to four, as well as a mother figure to many others," according to her obituary. "Family meant the world to her."

"She had a gift of turning the negative into the positive, making everything better," it states.

Irving is survived by her children Brandon, 20, Bria, 18, Paula, 12, and Mya, 10, as well as a grandson, siblings and extended family.

Her niece, Katelyn Thorne, has set up an online donation site to help raise money to support the children, now staying with their grandmother.

"We just want to have a fund for the kids to help with any costs that might come, like any extra curricular activities so that the girls don't have to stop cheerleading. Anything for the house, anything that the older kids need. For bills, stuff like that. Anything to help the kids," she told CBC News.

The goal is $10,000. About $860 had been raised by Tuesday night.

A funeral service will be held at Forest Hills Baptist Church on Friday.

Joseph Irving remains in custody. He has been ordered to undergo a criminal responsibility assessment. He is scheduled to return to court on April 14.