As he struggles to come to terms with his loss, devoted husband Les Tranter has paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife Vera.
Mr Tranter, who is secretary of the Royal British Legion in Market Rasen and Tealby, said: “She was a kind, gentle and cheerful person. She was a cat lover, she loved her bowls, enjoyed the garden and always had a smile on her face.”
Mrs Tranter, 71, was a member of Middle Rasen Bowls Club and just last month won the club’s ladies singles competition.
“She was in a good mood that day. She walked out of the house at 1.40pm on Tuesday afternoon, I gave her a quick kiss goodbye and that was the last time I saw her alive.
“I was out in the garden tidying up the borders and I saw the ambucopter circling. I looked up and dismissed it.”
Mrs Tranter was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary after becoming trapped under a black Vauxhall Vivaro panel van near Market Rasen Library at about 4.25pm.
The driver of the van, a 46-year-old from the Brigg area, was interviewed by police.
Mr Tranter said: “A policeman said we’ll get you home, pick up your stuff and take you to the hospital. When I got there she had gone.”
Mr Tranter has thanked the emergency services and his neighbour Tracy Lane for their support.
The couple met in Malaysia when Les was in the army, attached to the Gurkha brigade, and Vera worked for the police as a clerical assistant.
“One of the best things is the courage she had to leave home (Sarawak, Malaysia) to come down to Singapore to get married. She left home knowing full well she may never see her family again,” Mr Tranter said.
He added: “We didn’t start going out for a few months. When we first met we used to see each other in a coffee shop.
“She’d be out with the girls and I’d be with the lads.
“When we did start going out together we had to be careful because it wasn’t deemed appropriate to be going out with a British serviceman.
“Her family would have grounded her if they found out. Once we decided to get married they seemed OK with it.”
The couple left Sarawak in 1967 and did not return until 25 years later - for their 25th wedding anniversary.
He said: “We would have been married 48 years this year. It should have been longer. We were planning to go back the year after next for our 50th anniversary.”
The couple, who moved to Market Rasen in 1982 when Les got a job at Lincolnshire County Council, have one son, Peter, and a grandson, Harrison.
“She adored them. She was a great mother and grandmother and a good wife,” said Mr Tranter.
If you saw the crash call the police Collision Witness Hotline on 01522 558855.