Belfast Telegraph

Family pay tribute to Northern Ireland gran Ann McCrea who died in Spain

By Donna Deeney

Tributes have been paid to a popular Londonderry woman who died suddenly while on holiday in Spain.

Ann McCrea, who was in her 60s, is understood to have suffered a heart attack while on a break in Malaga.

She had been there for 10 days with husband Don and one of her sons.

Mrs McCrea's remains are expected to be returned to her home in the Bogside within the coming days with the help of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

Mrs McCrea's niece Beth Doherty said the family circle have been left shocked and saddened.

She said: "Aunty Ann was a big part of our lives, she was truly one of the best. I will miss her so much and it really won't be the same without her.

"She is now another angel watching over us all, along with my granny and granda."

Micky Doherty, a well-known entertainer in Derry, is a nephew of the deceased.

He described her as the "rock of our family".

In a tribute on social media, he wrote: "Our world has just been turned upside down. We are totally heartbroken, my auntie Ann - the rock of our family."

Mrs McCrea is survived by husband Don, children Sandra, Aine, Paul and Aidan and grandchildren Bebhinn and Oisin. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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