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Tribute to car crash victim Rene Foster, 101

Rene Foster
Image caption Ms Foster with her card from the Queen on her 100th birthday

The family of a 101-year-old woman from Kendal who died in a road crash has paid tribute to her "generous spirit".

Rene Foster was killed when the car she was a passenger in collided with a coach on 19 June on the A592 at Kirkstone Pass, near Windermere.

Ms Foster, who had lived in Hong Kong and Bermuda during her long career as a civil servant, was described as having a "zest for life" by her family.

The 57-year-old driver of the Fiat Picanto and coach driver were unhurt.

Ms Foster was originally from Plumstead in London. She became a civil servant in 1932 as a typist for the Air Ministry then later transferred to the MoD as a higher executive officer.

'Varied life'

A statement from her family said: "Rene was a retired civil servant - retired for nearly as long as she had worked, having reached 101 years of age.

"As the daughter of a serving officer she spent periods of time in both Hong Kong and Bermuda and one of her first jobs at the age of 16 was as a typist was with a Danish import firm in Hong Kong.

"Rene always expressed surprise that she should end her days 'in the north' being such a confirmed 'southerner' but she adapted very well.

"She had a fantastically varied life and had a strength of character, generosity of spirit combined with a bright and witty outlook."

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