Friends, neighbours and work colleagues say Como's Lynda Greenwood was known for her ready smile and warm heart.
Messages attached to floral tributes outside the townhouse block, where she died on Tuesday last week, tell the same story.
"A kind and gentle soul," is how one card describes her.
Ms Greenwood's body was found on the driveway of the Cremona Road townhouses where she lived. Two men, who live diagonally opposite, went to her aid but were unable to save her life.
Jason Lloyd, 39, of Sylvania, was later charged with what police documents tendered in Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday termed "murder (domestic violence)".
He did not apply for bail when the matter came before the court.
The case returns to court on December 15.
The court papers contained no details other than that the charge related to an incident that occurred "between 12.15am and 12.22am" on October 20.
Close friends said Ms Greenwood, 39, had been acting as a carer for her elderly, sick mother, who lives in Sutherland Shire.
For the past three years, Ms Greenwood sub-leased a unit from a couple at the top of a steep driveway, which services the 18 townhouses, located a stone's throw from the Como Hotel.
One of the neighbours who went to Ms Greenwood's aid said, "She always had nice things to say, always had a smile on her face".
"We are heartbroken there was nothing we could do to save her."
Other neighbours said Ms Greenwood would always smile or wave when they crossed paths.
Gordon Blake, who lives in the same row of units, said he saw Ms Greenwood at the Union Place hotel at Jannali a few hours before she died.
"We left about 10.15 and ran into Lynda on the way out, but didn't stop to talk," he said. "Next thing we knew she was dead.
Mr Blake said Ms Greenwood had "a very nice nature".
"Every morning she came out and sat on the steps opposite with a coffee and checked her phone," he said.
Kerrie-Anne, who said she was Ms Greenwood's best friend, said, "Lynda was the most beautiful caring human being - a very unique individual. She cared about everybody."
John Hatzikiriakos, who owns The Greek Islands Taverna at Sutherland, said Ms Greenwood worked at the restaurant on and off for seven to eight years up until early this year.
"She was a beautiful person, a lovely girl, who always had a smile on her face," he said.
"She stopped working a few times due to things in her personal life, but we always gave her the chance to come back because she was a good person.
"She was well liked by the customers. Everyone knew her and she knew everyone."
Kelly Johnson, who worked with Ms Greenwood at the restaurant, said, "Lynda was beautiful, always had a smile on her face and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
"She turned up for work without fail and never got frustrated with customers. She was everyone's friend."