THE FAMILY of a woman who tragically died two days after a car crash on Christmas Day have spoken of their devastation at losing her.
Michelle Clifton had been working on the morning of Wednesday, December 25, at Court House Nursing Home in Malvern before heading off to enjoy the rest of the day with her partner and family in Kidderminster.
However before she got there she was involved in a car crash when her blue Ford Fiesta collided with a silver Ford Focus around 2.40pm on A450 Worcester Road near the town.
The 41-year-old from Meadowsweet Court in Poolbrook, was taken to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and later discharged but on the Friday (December 27), just two days later, she collapsed and died at her home.
A statement released by her family said: “She was a loving and caring woman and always had a smile on her face, making everyone laugh.
“Michelle loved spending her time with all of her family but her biggest hobby when she was younger was being part of Malvern Lynx Marching Band as their Tipper drummer.
“She also enjoyed taking part in competitions with the band.”
Michelle or ‘Shelly’ as she was affectionately known was the youngest of five siblings and was an auntie to 13 nieces and nephews and a great aunt to two.
She was born and bred in Malvern and attended Somers Park Primary School and then Dyson Perrins High School.
Michelle Oakley, her partner of seven years, said: “She had lived in Malvern for the majority of her life apart from a period when she was in South Wales.
“Shelly was a fun and entertaining character who would always put a smile on your face with her wacky impersonations, silly voices and her crazy dancing.
“She thoroughly enjoyed playing the drums and would make up beats on practically anything using pens, pencils and even kitchen utensils.”
Michelle’s niece Laura Clifton added: “We are devastated that Shelly is no longer with us and her death has come as a big shock.
“She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family and anyone else who knew her.”
Michelle’s funeral will take place at Christ Church at 12pm on Monday, January 20.