Friends have paid tribute to mum-of-two Lisa Reynolds, who was found dead at her home in Abbey Hulton.
The 31-year-old’s body was discovered on February 21, 2016.
A post-mortem examination revealed she died from multiple stab wounds.
It is believed Miss Reynolds had been brought up in Meir and had went to Longton High School before becoming a care worker.
Her friend Christine Towey, aged 62, of Cliveden Road, said: “Lisa was brilliant and beautiful.
“She was like a surrogate daughter to me, she was so popular.
“People used to call her Loopy Lisa, because seeing her would just make your day.
“You could be having the worst day and just seeing her would brighten it up.
“She was the most caring person you would ever meet, people and animals she loved everybody.
“There isn’t a bad thing to say about her from anybody – she was loved by everyone.
“Lisa had lived here for the last 10 years with her boys, and I’ve known her since I moved here two years ago.
“I can only hope that she will rest in peace, she was a wonderful beautiful woman.”
Christine’s daughter Samantha Towey was in the same year at school as Lisa.
The 30-year-old said: “She will be missed by so many people.”
Miss Reynolds’ partner 31-year-old Barry Knapper, of Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton, has been charged with her murder.
He is also charged with assaulting a police officer and has been remanded in custody.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said:”Detectives are continuing to carry out a detailed investigation into Lisa’s death.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 600 of February 21, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.