Tributes have been paid to Liz Turner of Bolton, who died on March 15 at the age of 68.

Liz, née Whinray, was born and raised in Settle, North Yorkshire.

After leaving school, she worked as a nursery nurse assistant in Skipton for a few years, before deciding to switch to a career in nursing.

She completed her nurse training at Airedale General Hospital while she was in her early twenties, and worked as a nurse in Morecambe, Newcastle and Lancaster.

Liz moved to Bolton in 1979, after meeting her future husband David, who was from the area, at a party.

They married in 1986 and lived in Little Lever.

In Bolton, Liz worked as a theatre recovery nurse at Bolton Royal Infirmary (where her colleagues nicknamed her ‘Stingray’) and later at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

“I think she just loved looking after people,” said Liz’s husband David. “She was a very caring sort of person.”

When she wasn’t working, Liz loved to be outdoors in nature.

She had an interest in wild flowers and loved going out to the countryside to spot them.

She and David would head out the Peak District or to her native Yorkshire Dales to get their countryside fix.

At home, she was also something of a gardener, and had a vast collection of houseplants.

Sociable and popular, Liz liked catching up with friends and family and going for a drink at the pub.

She liked to cook, and could also often be found chatting away with family members over the phone.

Liz loved travelling, and she and David would often go camping in Wales or the Lake District at the weekends.

She also enjoyed going further afield, and the couple would drive through France most summers, heading into Spain to make the most of the sunshine.

David paid tribute to his wife, saying: “She was a very caring nurse, and very easy-going. She was quite jolly and happy.”

Liz will be laid to rest on April 14.

Donations can be made in her memory to Cancer Research, via Silletts Funeral Service.