Tributes to retired nurse killed in Brynsiencyn crash

Family photo: North Wales Police

The family of a retired nurse and teacher killed in a crash over the weekend have paid tribute to her.

Blodwen Thomas (71) from Brynsiencyn died when the blue Ford Fusion she was driving collided with a white Ford Focus on the A4080 near the village on Saturday afternoon.

Her granddaughter, 11 year-old Lwsi, is recovering at home after sustaining minor injuries.

Two people in the Ford Focus were taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor following the crash – the male driver was left with serious injuries, which are not life threatening, and a female passenger escaped with minor injuries.

In a statement released via police, Mrs Thomas’ family said she was ”in her element taking care of her family’s needs and always put everyone before herself…she was truly the much-loved head of the family and leaves a huge void.”

”Everyone who knows Blodwen, will remember her as a bubbly, generous, caring and outgoing lady who would go the extra mile for anyone she could help. She had a natural ability to make friends and to make people feel welcome.”

Mrs Thomas set up the nursery school in Brynsiencyn, where she was a teacher for over a decade – the family said she was ”fondly remembered by many of her former pupils.”

After her own children left school, she qualified as a state enrolled nurse working at the former Druid and Cefni hospitals in Llangefni. She went onto cover the Beuamaris area before retiring 2008 to look after her grandchildren.

But she lost her daughter, Karen Williams from Llannerchymedd in 2012 – and went onto devote her spare time to fundraising for Cancer Research.

She helped create the ‘Karen’s Chicks’ group, who have raised over £50,000 at events such as the annual Gwynedd and Anglesey Relay for Life in Treborth. On the day she died, Mrs Thomas had spent the morning raising even more money at a supermarket in Llangefni.

Her family added: ”Blodwen enjoyed going to bingo and was a familiar face in Caernarfon.  She had an immense sense of community spirit and enjoyed the many activities at “Cylch y Bryn”.” 

She was married to Donald for 51 years with three children – Sandra, Martin and the late Karen Williams – and grandmother to six children – Erin, Gethin, Lwsi, Siwan, Alaw and Elin.

Mrs Thomas’ family also paid tribute to paramedics for ”the sensitive and professional way” they took care of Lwsi and the emergency services for the ”respectful care and support” in the aftermath of the crash. They requested no floral tributes to be left at the side of the road.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward – including anyone who may have dashcam footage.

Sergeant Nicola Grimes-Williams said on Saturday night: ”Our thoughts remain with the family of the woman who died at this difficult time. We are appealing to anybody who may have been travelling along the A4080 at the time of the collision…to please contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact the Western Roads Policing Unit in Llandygai on 101, quoting reference no. W117061.

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