Family pay tribute to 'devoted mum' who died in car crash

(Last Updated On: July 12, 2017)

The family of a 68-year-old woman who tragically died in a single car collision near Kingsbridge last week have paid tribute to her.

Valerie Lugger died in the accident near Loddiswell Bridge on Thursday 6 July.

Her family have paid the following tribute:

“Valerie was born to loving parents Jean (deceased) and Russell Baker. She attended Modbury Primary School and Ivybridge Secondary School.

“She met Phylis Allen (Broadhead) at primary school and they remained good friends until Phylis’ death a few years ago.

“After leaving school Valerie worked as a machinist in a baby clothes factory.

“Her love of making clothes continued throughout her life.  She would often make something new to wear, a Fair Week outfit and even a nativity costume for her children.

“Valerie also worked as a mealtime assistant at Aveton Gifford and West Alvington Primary Schools; a role she really enjoyed.

“She was a loving, caring and devoted mum to Paul and Carrie, and gran to Miles and Chloe.

“Valerie lived in Loddiswell for the past 25 years and was a well-known and much-liked member of the community.

“In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, swimming, playing bowls, bingo and day trips on the local bus.

“She will be greatly missed and is survived by her father Russell, children Paul and Carrie and her grandchildren Miles and Chloe.

“The funeral service is to be confirmed.  For further details please contact Kingsbridge Funeral Directors (01548 856340. The family have requested family flowers only.  Any donations should be made to the funeral directors.”

Police were notified at 10.10pm on Thursday 6 July to the collision. A Toyota Corolla had been located in a wooded area off the B3196 near to Loddiswell Bridge. The car had left the road near Avon Mill and travelled some distance from the road down a bank and overturned.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which they believe could have happened at any time during the day.

 Anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information about the incident is asked to contact police via or by phone on 101, quoting log number 1063 of 06/07/17.

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