Tributes to dedicated elderly care worker Teresa Denvir who died after crash
The family of a woman who died after her car left the road in Portaferry have paid tribute to her as an "exceptional lady".
Teresa Denvir worked as a care in the community employee for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.
Posting on social media, her niece Karen McCormick said: "So sad. We have lost a lovely gentle exceptional lady... RIP aunty Teresa."
A public notice said her family had already suffered multiple bereavements, including her mother Elizabeth and siblings William, Seamus, Frank and Elizabeth.
She is survived by her father James Denvir, remaining siblings Robert, Pat, Michael and Marie, as well as her many nieces and nephews. The notice went on to say her death was "deeply regretted" and that she would be "sadly missed".
Her colleagues in the South Eastern Trust described her as: "One of the most genuine and caring people you could ever meet, who loved her job caring for the elderly.
"She will be sorely missed by all who knew her."
On Monday it was reported that Ms Denvir had felt unwell and set out to drive to a clinic in Portaferry from her rural home on Cloughey Road.
A short distance later it's understood her car veered off the road into a field at the junction of Tullymally Road, but did not sustain any significant damage.
Emergency staff cared for her at the scene and took her to the Ulster Hospital, where she passed away.
A post-mortem was ordered to determine the cause of her death.
Her funeral takes place tomorrow at 11am in St Patrick's Church, Ballygalget.
Parish priest Fr Patrick Mulholland knew her as a regular attendee at Mass.
"Teresa struck me as very reserved but kind and caring person who went quietly about her work," he said.
"I met her regularly at church and I was involved in a family funeral years ago."
He added that the wider Portaferry community had been "saddened" by her passing.
SDLP councillor Joe Boyle lives close by to where the crash took place.
Yesterday he passed on his condolences to the Denvir family and praised emergency services who came to her aid.
"Sadly, Teresa was unable to be saved and that is something that always affects those employed within the emergency services tasked with dealing with such situations," he said.
"Our thoughts therefore should also be with those who perform excellent responses to these difficult situations and, in cases, heroic efforts to save lives."
Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them on 101.