Minister's widow killed in road crash in Southborough

Irene Walter
Image caption Irene Walter had lived most of her life in the Tunbridge Wells area, her family said

An elderly woman who died in a road crash outside a Kent railway station has been named as the 90-year-old widow of a former church minister.

Irene Walter, from Southborough died at the scene of the accident, involving two cars, in Tonbridge on Thursday.

Mrs Walter, who worked with her husband the Rev Kenneth Walter at Holy Trinity Church, was widowed nearly 30 years ago and moved to nearby Southborough.

She and her husband also lived for 12 years near Frinton-on-Sea, Essex.

Mrs Walter's family said she celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year with a large party for family and friends.

'Kind and generous'

"She was a very active member of St Johns Church, Tunbridge Wells, and loved to drive the 'old' ladies to church," they said in a statement.

"Mrs Walter was adventurous all her life; as an octogenarian she did not hesitate to globe trot and several times travelled to the USA and Indonesia to visit her daughters.

"A kind and generous person, she was tireless in her care and compassion for others and will be very much missed by her many friends."

She leaves two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Kent Police said an inquest into her death would be held at a later date.

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