Horton Bank Top collision tragedy gran to have memorial at workplace (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Horton Bank Top collision tragedy gran to have memorial at workplace
A much-loved cooking assistant killed after paying a minicab fare outside her home, is to be remembered at her workplace by a memorial bench.
The same vicar who led tragic Mary Byrne’s funeral earlier this year will be at Cooper House Nursing Home in Buttershaw today to bless the bench in the popular grandmother’s memory.
Mrs Byrne’s family have also been invited to join residents and staff at the home in Cooper Lane for the dedication ceremony which will be conducted by the Rev Marion Gaskill from St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Shelf where hundreds of mourners had gathered to say their final farewells.
Afternoon tea will be provided and the guests will be entertained by singer Leanne King.
The 51-year-old had been yards from her front door on Saturday, April 20, when the private hire car she had just paid for in Mandale Road, Horton Bank Top, was involved in a collision with another car which fatally injured her.
She had spent the afternoon celebrating a friend’s birthday.
Three men, aged 17, 19 and 21, were arrested after the incident and have since been released on bail while the investigation continues.
At Mrs Byrne’s funeral service, Ms Gaskill described the grandmother of seven, as “a loving and dearly loved mum, a devoted nana, cherished daughter, treasured partner and a good friend to all those who knew her.”
Poignant messages were read out from two of her grandchildren, Jordan, ten, and Grace, seven, with one of those messages saying: “We hope she has a good time in heaven meeting new people.”
The congregation heard how the last ten years of Mrs Byrne’s life brought her a new-found confidence with some of the most important moments and people coming into her life including her grandchildren and her partner and soulmate Alan with whom she had been due to move to a bungalow after doing it up together.
She had also discovered holidays abroad, shed one and a half stone and bought a new wardrobe to suit.
Her sense of humour was also remembered and so was her laughter, which would often give her jokes away, said Ms Gaskill.