Sheffield grandmother killed alongside best friend in horror crash was ‘kindest woman on Earth’

A Sheffield woman who died alongside her best friend in a horror crash has been described as the ‘kindest, most loving woman on Earth’.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 3:12 pm

Margaret Collier, from Beighton, was heading to work with Caroline Ball when the Vauxhall Corsa they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a BMW on the A6135 Station Road between Eckington and Renishaw, in Derbyshire, last Wednesday, October 7.

Margaret, 59, and Caroline, 63, who was also from Beighton, had been on their way to a cleaning job in Chesterfield when tragedy struck, and they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

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Margaret Collier on her wedding day with (l-r) daughter Chelsea, husband Raymond, granddaughter River and son Lee

Margaret’s daughter Chelsea Siddall and her widower Raymond Collier said: "She was the kindest, most loving woman on Earth. She was so funny and she cared more about others than herself.

"She’s going to be missed by so many people, and she’s going to miss out on so many memories we could have made.

"We’re heartbroken. We all miss her so much. It’s the little things you do that remind you of her and the things that could have been – things like going shopping or just popping round to hers for a cup of tea.”

Margaret Collier, from Beighton, Sheffield, died in a crash on her way to work

They told how Margaret, who also had a son, Lee, and was a doting grandmother to River, aged six, had been a cleaner for many years, having previously worked on the factory floor for Jeld-Wen, a door and window-making firm formerly known as the John Carr joinery.

She loved playing bingo and shopping, mostly for others, they added.

Raymond described how Margaret and Caroline had been best friends who were so close they were ‘like sisters’.

"They used to do everything together, from shopping to getting their hair cut,” he said.

"Caroline was very funny and very loving. She used to make everyone laugh and bring a smile to their faces.”

An inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court on Friday, October 16.

Margaret’s funeral will take place next Friday, October 23. It will be for close family only but people can leave flowers in her memory at Beighton Top Club, where she was a regular, to be placed in her back garden.