CARING Vera Wiser-Loots, who died in a car crash on the A47, was on her way to comfort the grieving son of a close friend who had just died.
Kind-hearted Vera insisted on leaving her bed at the home she shared with husband Raymond just before 2am on Tuesday after getting a call to say her friend Saskia Wykes had just died following a long illness at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
The well-known former school teacher, talented dancer and former member of Wisbech Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (WAODS), died after her blue Suzuki Splash left the A47 and ended in a ditch.
The location of the single-vehicle accident was just yards from the spot where well-known councillor Roger Green died in a crash in July.
Vera’s devastated family have paid tribute to the 74-year-old saying she was “almost too kind, she was always about giving to other people.”
Her daughter Anita Boekee, one of Vera’s two children from her first marriage, said Raymond had tried to persuade her not to go to the hospital and had even offered to drive her, but she had insisted on going alone.
Anita, of High Wycombe, said: “That really epitomises the kind of person she was. She was so caring and she just wanted to comfort the son of her friend. She had been friends with Saskia Wykes for about 50 years.”
Vera, who also has a son Paul Boekee of Elm and five grandchildren, married Raymond in 1990.
She loved dancing and had even enjoyed a dance lesson on the day before she died. She was looking forward to her son’s wedding to be held next year.
Vera, who was born in Belgium and arrived in England on the last ship out of Brussels in 1939, was bi-lingual with French her native language.
She was well-known as a French teacher at St Audrey’s Convent School in Wisbech, where she worked from 1964 until it closed in the early 1980s.
And she was an active member of CARSI (Convent Association of Redundant Schoolteachers Incorporated) - the social group set up by former Convent teachers.
Vera also taught at Wisbech Queen’s School and continued her career at Spalding Grammar School until taking early retirement.
She was an active member of WAODS and in the 1960s and 1970s she appeared in shows including ‘South Pacific’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and ‘Oklahoma’.
Anita said: “She loved to dance; she absolutely adored dancing and was taking lessons right up until the day before she died. Dancing really was her passion. She wanted to be a ballerina when she was young, but she was too tall.”
She added: “She was a very sociable person, very bright, and bubbly. People were always popping round to see her and she was full of life.”
Vera also loved to make greetings cards and was an active member of local craft groups who met together for card making.
The Wisbech bypass was blocked in both directions for more than three hours after Tuesday’s crash.
The accident happened at around 2am on the A47, between the Elm High Road and the Broadend Road junction. A rapid response ambulance attended, but Vera was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses should call Swaffham Road Policing on 101.
Vera’s funeral will be held on Thursday November 24 at 1.45pm at Mintlyn Crematorium. Donations in Vera’s memory can be made via W and WG West of Love Lane, Wisbech, for Cancer Research. Floral tributes are welcome.