Family pay tribute to loving mum who died after she was run over by Ring and Ride bus
TRIBUTES have been paid to a “fun-loving mother” who died after being run over by a Ring and Ride bus.
Margaret Costello died, aged 77, as she crossed the road to her home after getting off the bus service.
Having suffered a minor stroke three years earlier, Mrs Costello had become involved with the group JIGSAW and was returning to her Harwood home from the charity’s Christmas party.
An inquest into her death last week heard driver Stephen Price had not seen that Mrs Costello had crossed in front of the bus before driving off, hitting her.
Bolton Coroners Court ruled that Mrs Costello died as a result of a road accident.
Mrs Costello was a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and tragically died four months before her second great-grandson Lewis was born in March this year.
Martin Costello, Mrs Costello’s son, said: “Mum had everything to live for and was not going anywhere just yet.
“You could not keep her out of the house and she loved spending time with the family.
“She was the life and soul of the party, always loved a laugh and she definitely had a few more years in her if this had not happened.”
Mrs Costello also had a daughter, Sharon, grandchildren Emma, aged 22, and Gareth, aged 20, and great-grandson Corey, who will turn one next month.
Mrs Costello lived in Bolton all her life.
She was passionate about photography, and, together with her husband Geoff, who died several years ago, would visit churches and stately homes to fuel her hobby. The couple previously owned a newsagents and chip shop in Halliwell.
“We were very spoilt as children,” said Mr Costello. “With living in a newsagents, every Christmas we would get all the toys from the shop which had not been sold so we had a great time.
“Mum and dad left neither of us wanting for anything.”
Mrs Costello was regularly asked to take pictures at weddings.
“She even took the pictures at my wedding,” added Mr Costello. “She was taking so many that I had a bit of a falling out with her as she was keeping people back to take pictures. She was having none of it, though.”
Daughter-in-law Michelle Costello added: “Whereas most couples have one wedding album, we had six!”
Even up to the time of her death, in December last year, Mrs Costello was very active, carrying a stick to give her confidence.
Mr Costello, who lives in Breightmet, said he expected to receive closure from the inquest but was left with many “unanswered questions”.
He thanked the people that helped Mrs Costello on the night of the accident, as well as a passing police officer, Dianne Hetherington, who gave her first-aid.
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