"I thought my own name was a little harsh," she says.
"I knew within a month that I'd made a dreadful mistake.
"I didn't really have the foggiest idea what I was doing," she says now.
"I just got on with it and decided I would deal with problems as they arose." Such was her determination that her first matchmaking attempts took place in the maternity wing of her hospital, where she had just given birth to her daughter.
They hit it off immediately, moved in together, married, and had a baby of their own, which made nine.
They live in a raucous household just a few miles away."Another lady came to see Stella after escaping her violent former husband. I get a Christmas card from them every year, and postcards from their travels," Stella recalls.