THE family of a Buxton woman who died following a road accident on Saturday have paid tribute to “a lovely warm person” who lived life to the full.
Mary Belfield, 76, was on her way out when the accident occurred on Dale Road in Buxton at around 7.10pm.
She had been due to meet her sister Freda, as she did every Saturday, at the Workingmen’s Club where they would play bingo.
Mrs Belfield was crossing Dale Road, near the junction of Market Street, when she was in collision with a Citroen Dispatch Van.
Her daughter Karen said: “She loved going out, and meeting people – she was never in.
“She particularly enjoyed going on coach holidays with her sister.”
Their latest trip had been booked only a few days before the accident.
Mrs Belfield, who was well-known in the local community, had worked at Marks and Spencers for many years and later helped her late husband Charlie, a funeral director, dealing with the office side of the business.
“All her friends were her extended family,” said Karen. “She was always friendly with everybody. She was just such a lovely warm person.”
Mrs Belfield leaves her daughter Karen, son-in-law Eddie, grandsons John and David and sisters Freda and Alice.
Karen said: “She was so vary proud of her grandsons.”
• The driver of a van, a 19-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention. He and his two passengers were uninjured in the collision. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.
• Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact the Witness Appeal Line on 01773 572929.