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Mother's Day tragedy as mum is 'killed by her own car'

A heartbroken daughter has described how she had bought Mother’s Day cards and presents for her mother, who died in a road accident at the weekend.

Mavis Rolston, a retired social worker and lecturer from Garvary in Enniskillen, is believed to have been killed by her own vehicle.

The grandmother stopped her four-wheel drive on a roadside in Co Cavan and stepped outside to take a phone call, but the vehicle rolled forward and struck her.

Her daughter, Frances Rolston-Bruce, described the family’s “awful shock”.

Mavis, who was 67, was returning from a Mother’s Union meeting in Dublin with a friend when the accident happened near Belturbet on Saturday night.

Her friend was not injured and is helping gardai piece together what happened.

Meanwhile Mrs Rolston’s husband, Desmond, and other daughter Rebecca were being comforted by relatives.

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A third daughter, Maria, is due to fly home today from a holiday in Chile.

“Daddy can’t take it in and neither can we,” said Frances. “I just can’t believe this has happened. She was so full of life.”

She said the family had bought cards and gifts to mark Mother’s Day.

“The date of Mother’s Day this year was also the birthday of my brother Nial, who died many years ago in infancy,” she told the News Letter.

“We were hoping to make the day as good as we could for her because she always remembered his birthday and anniversary.”

She said her mother had been involved in several organisations, including Mother’s Union, the Girl Guides and Scouts.

Five years ago she had retired from teaching social care at Fermanagh College.

Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott, who knows the family, said the community was in shock.

“I have known this family for many years and Mrs Rolston is widely known throughout the entire Fermanagh community,” he said.

“She was involved in a wide range of community and church activities.

“Mrs Rolston and her dedication will be sorely missed by the entire community but more especially by her family.”

She was the second person from Northern Ireland to die on the roads over the weekend.

Angela McKee, who was 37 and from Lisburn, died after her car crashed on the Moira Road near Maghaberry on Saturday.

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