Children's tribute to caring mum

The family of a mother-of-three who was killed in a car accident in Norfolk have spoken of the “caring and affectionate” woman who was planning to move south to be nearer to her children.

The family of a mother-of-three who was killed in a car accident in Norfolk have spoken of the “caring and affectionate” woman who was planning to move south to be nearer to her children.

Susan Roche, 56, from North Walsham, died after the Ford Galaxy her husband was driving was involved in a collision with a Mitsubishi Parjero on the A149 at Ormesby St Michael, near Yarmouth, late on Wednesday night.

Patrick Roche is in intensive care at the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, with serious chest injuries. The couple were married in May 1999 and moved to Norfolk 11 years ago.

Mrs Roche's three children travelled up from the south to her home in Kimberley Road to organise the funeral.

Her son Matt Thompson, 26, said: “She was a lovely, caring and affectionate woman who was such a great mother

to us all. She did have strong opinions but she never forced them on anyone else.

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“She had put her house up for sale and was looking forward to moving to the south coast to be nearer to the whole family.

“My mum's great love was art. She just enjoyed using her hands to make things.”

When she lived in the south Mrs Roche used to work as dinner lady and she enjoyed making cuddly toys for her friends and family.

The male driver of the Mitsubishi, who is from the Gorleston area, was also taken to the James Paget University Hospital to be treated for what police described as serious injuries.

The accident, which happened at about 11.50pm, was near to the start of the

50mph speed restriction signs on the Yarmouth side of Ormesby St Michael.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC Tony Foister at Acle Police Station via 0845 4564567.

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