THE first anniversary of the tragic death of a talented interior designer has been bittersweet for her family.
The body of 53-year-old Hilary Grater was discovered in a stream close to her home at Dogley Bar, off Penistone Road, Kirkburton, exactly a year ago today.
The sad anniversary comes just days after her second grandson was born.
Hilary left two sons, Oliver and Greg.
Thirty-year-old Greg and his partner, Tracey Kershaw, had a son last Tuesday.
Mikey was born at the Royal Calderdale Hospital and weighed 9lbs.
Greg, of Holmfirth, said: “It has been a very emotional week with Mikey being born just days before the anniversary of losing mum.
“The most upsetting thing is that mum never got to hold her second grandchild. We all miss her and I’d like to thank all the family and friends who have been so supportive to myself and Oliver over the last year.’’
Oliver’s son, Oscar, was born four months before Ms Grater’s death. He lives in Holmfirth.
Her interior design work at historic 16th-century Whitley Hall Hotel just north of Sheffield led to the hotel being shortlisted for a regional award.
It made the final four for Yorkshire Life’s Hotel Of The Year 2008.
Ms Grater was involved in fundraising for the NSPCC in Huddersfield and her interior design work had been featured in Ideal Home magazine.
She lived in Holmfirth for most of her life, moving to Kirkburton in more recent times.
In April an inquest at Huddersfield Coroners’ Court recorded a verdict of accidental death.