TRIBUTES have been paid to a devoted grandmother who died just weeks after being hit by a car.
Spiritualist Margaret Florence Cowen was making her way to help heal people at a special service when she was hit by a car as she crossed Stockton Road, near Park Lane bus station.
The 88-year-old was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where she was treated for head and leg injuries.
The popular pensioner was released three weeks later and returned to her High Barnes home to recover.
But on July 19, paramedics were called to Westfield Grove, where she lived, where she was pronounced dead.
Last month, police revealed results of a post-mortem examination showed Mrs Cowen, known popularly as Peggy, may have died from injuries caused by the collision.
Her daughter, Sue Scott, 60, today paid tribute to her popular mum who had a real passion for her hometown of Sunderland, which she refused to leave after her husband James died three years ago.
Mrs Scott, who now lives in Derbyshire, said: “Mum was fiercely independent and flatly refused to move from Sunderland after dad died to be nearer to her three children.
“We were concerned about her being by herself, but she said it was home and she had always lived in Sunderland and that was where her friends were.
“It came as an awful shock to everyone when we found out what had happened because it came out of the blue and we do all miss her.”
Mrs Cowen was also heavily involved in Sunderland Spiritualist Church, where she was the secretary for more than 20 years.
As well as regularly attending the church, Mrs Cowen was also a registered healer and carried out a lot of work across the city.
“She was on her way to a healing service the day that she was hit by the car,” Mrs Scott said.
“Afterwards, she said it was funny the way she was on her way to heal everyone else and she was the one who ended up in hospital.
“She had a wicked sense of humour.”
Mrs Cowen leaves behind three children and four grandchildren.