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Family pays tribute to Mollie

Posted on August 04 2012 at 9:57:29

The family of a Barnt Green woman killed in a collision on the M40 near High Wycombe have paid tribute to her.

Mollie Haines, who was aged 73 and lived in Cherry Hill Road, died in a traffic collision between junctions 2 and 3 of the motorway just before 10am on July 18.

She was driving down to see one of her daughters and grandchildren in Kingston upon Thames when it happened.

Mrs Haines, who was President of Blackwell Ladies Golf Club, is survived by her husband Charles, three daughters who live in the London and Birmingham areas, a son in Ireland and seven grandchildren.

A tribute issued by her family said: “Mollie was very much the focal point for all of us and losing her so suddenly in these circumstances has left us deeply shocked and saddened.

“She will be remembered for her lovely smile, her kind and generous ways and her great sense of humour. She was a friend to so many people and we are very grateful for the huge number of tributes and messages we have received from people who knew her.”

Mrs Haines was raised in Belfast in Northern Ireland and educated at St Andrews in Scotland before she trained as an orthoptist in Oxford.

Her work took her to Malta where she met her future husband Charles, who was then serving in the Navy. They married in 1963.

Mrs Haines later worked at the Midland Eye Hospital in Birmingham for more than 20 years while her husband, who is now retired, was a consultant paediatrician over a similar period of time at the former Bromsgrove General Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and later the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Mrs Haines’ sporting background - her parents were Irish international hockey and rugby players - reflected her own interests.

She played tennis and for around 25 years had been a member of Blackwell Ladies Golf Club, of which she was a former Captain. She became the club’s president around three years ago.

Her husband was also a member of Blackwell Golf Club for many years.

Mrs Haines’ other interests included ornithology - she was a member of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) - and she also played bridge.

Her funeral was held at Redditch Crematorium on August 2.

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