Tributes paid to great-grandmother who died in tree crash

Joan Bruce-Konuah from Rufford, the 76-year-old woman who died in a collision last week.
Joan Bruce-Konuah from Rufford, the 76-year-old woman who died in a collision last week.

A family have paid tribute to a selfless great-grandmother who died in a car crash.

Joan Bruce-Konuah, 76, from Rufford, died after the Nissan Micra she was driving collided with a tree in Curlew Lane at around 5.25pm on Wednesday September 30.

Joan was pronounced dead at the scene and her family say the unexpected death has left a void in their lives.

A spokesman for the family said: “Our beautiful mother has always been a strong force in our lives. Her faith was her strength and she in turn was our strength. She instilled in us a strong sense of the meaning of family, which she made the centre of her world.

“Her unexpected death has left an enormous void in all of our lives. She had nothing but love in her heart and shared this equally amongst her children, grandchildren and great grandson.

“Mum was a selfless, warm hearted, gentle lady with a heart of gold and would help anyone who needed it.

“She was a great raconteur sharing her youthful adventures of her days as a young nurse, her holiday adventures with her friends, how she met our late father and the many events that followed.

“She was witty and captivated us with her stories, which made you feel that you were actually there.

“The love and support we have received from family, friends and those who knew mum has been overwhelming. We have not been surprised to hear of all the good things she did to help others.

“She was our greatest gift and blessing. We will miss her dearly and remember her with love and pride.

“Rest in Peace Mum.”

The police have launched an appeal for witnesses.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1041 of September 30.