But Sarah senior was always a fighter, recovering some of her health following the stroke and thanking well-wishers for their 'love and understanding' after Michael's death.
Now the battle to beat the Twitter trolls is lost.
Twitter continues to fail users who are abused. The abuse sometimes involves personal threats and publication of the target's name and address.
Police in the U.K. at times act on complaints but look on Twitter and you can soon find offending trolls.
They are easy to block but it is all too easy for them to set up another account and hound you again.
Getting the balance of freedom of expression and abuse right is a given and Twitter must bear some responsibility for policing the site.
We do need to be careful about 'outing' perceived abusers and allowing governments to limit our online freedom because of trolls.
In early October a woman accused of being a twitter troll hell-bent on attacking Madeline McCann's parents on social media, Brenda Leyland, 63, from Burton Overy, was outed by a news team. Days after she was confronted by the Sky News team she was dead, by her own hand.
Reporting that Ms. Payne was quitting Twitter the Mail Online said Sara Payne "mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne - has quit Twitter after years of "unrelenting harassment" online. Her friend, Shy Keenan, tweeted to say Sara has been "forced to close down her Twitter account" and enduring "a decade of abuse". The online "harassment and stalking" has been reported to the police, she added."