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Car crash tragedy grandmother 'a true lady'

Killed: Sylvia McKee
Killed: Sylvia McKee
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Tributes have been paid to a grandmother who died in a two-car crash last weekend.

Sylvia McKee, who was in her 70s, was the passenger in a blue Peugeot 108 that collided with a silver Honda Accord on Northway in Portadown shortly before 2pm on Sunday.

The male driver of the Peugeot, Mrs McKee's husband John, who is also in his 70s, was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital with serious injuries.

The 54-year-old male driver of the other car was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Mrs McKee, of Lurgan Road in Portadown, is survived by her husband, children Nicola and Stephen, son-in-law Derek, daughter-in-law Joanne, grandchildren Sharon, Gemma, Stuart, Jason, Chloe-Anne, Tyler and Zara and great-grandchildren Tia, Levi, Katie and Sam.

Her shock death is the second tragedy to befall her family in recent years. Her daughter Sanya Gracey died while on holiday in Poland in January 2013 at the age of 44.

It is understood that Mrs McKee's husband remains in hospital.

The couple's son Stephen thanked well-wishers for their message of support.

He wrote of Facebook yesterday: "Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. Let's all pray for my dad."

Many people shared moving tributes to Mrs McKee on social media, calling her "one of life's true treasures" and "a true lady who always had a big smile".

Her niece Vikki Kimber wrote: "Will miss you greatly auntie Sylvia. Will treasure the memories I have of you and remember that happy smiling face."

A former colleague wrote: "So sorry to hear this news. Worked with Sylvia many years ago in Unidare. A really lovely, fun person. Condolences to all her family."

A friend posted: "Sylvia was a lovely person. I went to school with her and she never changed over the years."

Another added: "Sylvia was truly a beautiful person inside and out. Always the life and soul of any party. Thoughts are with the entire family at this difficult time."

A funeral notice said that family and friends of Mrs McKee would be made welcome today at Milne's Funeral Home on Seagoe Road in Portadown from 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm, and at her sister Millie's home at Manderley Park in Portadown on Sunday and Monday.

Her funeral service will take place on August 13 at noon at Seagoe Parish Church with committal afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

The family have requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made for the benefit of Macmillan Cancer Care and the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, which attended the scene of the collision, c/o Milne Funeral Services.

Police have appealed for witnesses or anyone who may have captured dashcam footage of the crash to get in touch by calling 101.

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