TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved grandma who died after being hit by a car in Accrington.

Maureen Westwell was involved in the serious collision on Milnshaw Lane on Sunday October 28.

She was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital but her injures were so severe that two weeks later a decision was made to switch off her life-support machine.

The 59-year-old died on November 11, surrounded by her family.

Maureen lived in Accrington most of her life and attended Hollins County Secondary School before becoming a sewing machinist.

Devoting her time to raising her three children, Maureen suffered a blow she found difficult to overcome when her daughter, Nicola, died of a viral infection aged just seven.

Maureen's sister, Christine Peacock said: "Over the past few years she had really started to enjoy life more since her three grandchildren were born and loved nothing more than spending quality time with them along with her sons and their partners, enjoying trips out and family gatherings.

"She has been taken from us far too soon and we will miss her dearly; she is to be laid to rest with her daughter Nicola which was her wish."

A keen gardener, who loved taking long walks with her dog Snowy, Maureen was also a creative person, involving herself in craft and knitting groups while enjoying socialising with her many friends.

Maureen leaves two sons, Lee and Luke, three grandchildren, and sister Christine.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday December 6 at 10.20am at Accrington Crematorium Chapel, Burnley Road, followed by a burial.

It was Maureen’s wish that no black be worn at her funeral.

Floral tributes are welcome care of Hyndburn Funeral Services, Accrington.

Maureen's family would like to add a special thank you to the Rapid Response Team, the Air Ambulance Service and Royal Preston Hospital Critical Care Staff who treated Maureen with such dignity and respect whilst caring for her.

The police investigation regarding the incident that caused Maureen's death is still ongoing.