A man has paid tribute to his wife, who died just two days after Christmas in a road accident on the A14 just outside Kettering.
Mother-of-three Melanie Parkinson died on Thursday, December 27, after her Kia Sportage hit the central reservation between junctions 8 and 9. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
Marcus Parkinson described his wife, 43, from Barton Seagrave, as selfless.
He said: “Melanie was a wonderful, kind-hearted person who devoted her life to being there for others.
“She was a dear friend to anybody with problems and spent her time helping people in any way she could.
“She was always outgoing and very sociable and it would be a rare weekend that she wasn’t out and about with friends and family.
“As a wife Melanie was simply the best.
“We fell in love at first sight and shared a rare relationship that, despite anything that happened, only got closer and closer throughout our marriage.”
Melanie and Marcus had been together for nearly 18 years, were married for 15 years and had two daughters and a son.
Mr Parkinson added: “She was the most beautiful person, inside and out, you could ever hope to meet and I feel so lucky to have shared my life with her.
“I don’t think there was a day which went by where we didn’t love each other more.
“She was a caring mother to three children and crossed the barrier easily between being mum and a friend.
“They will miss her friendly smile, her helpful advice and love but are so proud that she was their mum and will still be watching over them even now.”
Mr Parkinson said his family was relieved nobody else was injured in the crash, and said he was sure Melanie would have felt the same.
He said: “I’m sure I shall see her again one day, but until then I hope that she rests in peace.
“The amount of people who paid their respects at her funeral would have brought tears to her eyes.
“I wish that I could thank everyone individually for their support and love during this terrible time.
“But as I can’t I want to say a massive thank you from me and my family.”