THE family of a 75-year-old grandmother who died in a crash on the A59 last week have paid tribute to her.

Rosina Cherry Gardner, also known as "Ena" died when her Citroen C3 and a wagon crashed on the main road near Whalley between Petre roundabout and the Bramley Meade roundabout on Thursday.

The tragedy was one of three deaths on the road that day in East Lancashire.

Within a statement, a family spokesman said: "Rosina Cherry Gardner was an inspiration to many people and was admired by the local community for her goodwill and strong spirit.

"She was a loving mother to her only daughter Yvonne Cookson, Gary Marsden and a dearly loved grandmother to Alicia and Elliot Cookson.

"Rosina was a devoted sister to Robert Watson and his wife Hillary whom have supported Rosina since the loss of her late husband Derek.

"After surviving breast cancer, Rosina then decided to explore the world visiting places such as The Great Wall of China and Antarctica.

"Rosina was an extraordinary woman that had so much courage and strength within her.

"Rosina was originally from Kirkcaldy in Scotland and was passionate about the arts, being an avid reader of historical novels, Scottish country dancing and keeping fit.

"For a number of years she was an active member of St. Stephen’s Church in Little Harwood, where she had lived for over 30 years.

"Rosina was a very independent woman that kept active, often visiting Blackburn and the Ribble Valley for her favourite morning cup of coffee, a chat and a laugh with her close friends.

"Her career played a strong role in her life.

"Rosina worked as a civil servant for over 35 years, mainly based in Blackburn and Preston.

"After retirement, she also worked part-time as an assistant at Cohen’s chemist in Blackburn.

"Rosina will always be remembered for her vivacious laughter and would do anything for anyone.

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"She was committed to looking after her family in numerous ways and enjoyed spending quality time with them.

"Her legacy will remain with the people she’s touched in her life, and her enduring message was “to always live life to the full” and “to always keep an open mind” in every aspect of life."

Her granddaughter Alicia Cookson said: "She has always taught me to believe in myself which has given me the confidence to be the person who I am today.

"She was fearless and had a big heart which I will carry her legacy with me in my life."

A police spokesman said the family have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences and kind messages from everyone, which are helping them through this difficult period.