Friday 23 August 2019

'Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel' - heartbroken daughter of woman who died in road crash pays tribute

Michelle Healy with her daughter Hannah
Michelle Healy with her daughter Hannah

Lauren Harte

THE heartbroken daughter of a woman who died in a weekend road accident said that she doesn't know how she will ever get over the loss of the woman she "loved more than life itself".

Michelle Healy (48), from Castlewellan in Co Down, died in a single vehicle collision on Dree Hill in Dromara at around 1.10pm on Sunday.

She had been travelling from the home of her partner Peter Joe O'Hare towards Dromara when the red Mitsubishi vehicle she was driving left the narrow country road high in the Mournes and tumbled four times into a field.

She died at the scene.

Ms Healy is survived by her five children: Hannah (29), Paul (27), Tara (21), Niamh (17) and Oisin (11), and four grandchildren: Corey, Leah-Rose, Finn and Emily.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph yesterday, Hannah said: "I wish this was all a bad dream, but it's comforting to know that she didn't suffer.

"My heart's hurting so much and the news still hasn't sunk in yet.

"I just can't believe I'm never going to see or hug my mum again.

"She was the best mum that anyone could have asked for and someone who was loved by so many people.

"I'm going to miss her every single day.

"She was my everything and I loved her more than life itself.

"I don't know how I'm ever going to get over this, but Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel in mummy and I'm going to do everything to make her proud of me."

Hundreds of people took to social media yesterday to offer their condolences to the family, with many remembering Ms Healy as "a lovely kind-hearted woman" and "a wonderful person".

One family friend posted: "Michelle was a great person, my family always thought well of her. God bless x Rest in Peace Michelle".

Another added: "Rest easy Michelle, you were like my second mom.

"You'll never be forgotten!"

Ms Healy is also survived by her parents Fred and Mary Rose; siblings Bernadette, Rosene, Sharon, Mickey, Marian and Eileen; nieces, nephews and entire family circle.

Ms Healy's remains will leave her mother's home in Castlewellan tomorrow morning to arrive at St Malachy's Church for Requiem Mass, which will be followed by burial in the grounds in Aughlisnafin.

Meanwhile, police have issued an appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dash cam footage to get in touch by calling the non-emergency 101 number.

Belfast Telegraph

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