The husband of Huddersfield road tragedy victim has paid tribute to his wife’s “wonderful personality.”
Former nurse Elizabeth Bowers, 74, from Cleckheaton was killed when she was struck on Fitzwilliam Street while on her way to a friendship group at Huddersfield Irish Centre on Monday evening.
Her husband Trevor, 79, said: “Beth didn’t drink but we’d go into a bar and people would look at her and say ‘l’ll have a pint of what she’s having’
“She had a wonderful personality. She always had a smile on her face.”
The pair met at Ritz Ballroom in Brighouse 12 years ago and married a year later having both earlier been widowed.
Trevor added: “Beth was a loving and caring person. She loved chatting to people. She worked as an auxiliary nurse at Storthes Hall and St Luke’s Hospital until it closed. She then went to work as a sales lady at the crockery shop in the Imperial Arcade.”
Both Trevor and Beth shared a passion for music and dance which led to them performing as the duo ‘Music Matters’ for several years at local residential and care homes.
Trevor added: “The residents loved it and so did we. They looked forward to us coming and we mainly performed the old time songs because that was what they wanted.”
The couple, who both had two children, also set up monthly ‘Open House’ events at Whitechapel church together eight years ago for tea and entertainment which grew from just five people to over 50 attending.
Beth was also a member of Whitcliffe Mount Choir, Whitechapel Church, Cleckheaton and The Spenborough Branch of the Royal British Legion.
Together the couple enjoyed spending time with their 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Beth was also current chairman of friendship group Huddersfield District Oddfellows.
She succeeded Trevor to the role, which is believed to be the first time this had happened in the organisation’s 200-year history.
During her year as chairman she had chosen Meningitis Research Foundation to support due to the sad loss of her friend’s daughter’s baby to the disease nine months earlier.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate the collision which happened when Mrs Bowers had been dropped off on Fitzwilliam Street and was struck by a Toyota Aygo while crossing the road. The car had just left the Castlegate Loop.
An 18-year-old driver has been arrested and is currently on bail. Anyone with information should contact police on 101.