Beloved mom loses her life at infamous intersection

The late Sarie du Plessis will be dearly missed. Photo submitted.

A few weeks ago, a collision involving two vehicles occurred at the intersection of Robert Broom and Paardekraal Drives, leaving the driver of one of the vehicles (the white Hyundai Getz) dead.

The life of 70-year-old Sarie du Plessis was taken too soon while she was on her way back to the home of her eldest daughter, Karen, after buying school clothes for her grandchild, who was in the car at the time.

The remains of Sarie du Plessis’ vehicle at the scene of the accident. Photo submitted.

Blessedly, the grandchild and the driver of the other vehicle only sustained moderate injuries. But unfortunately, this was the last drive for Sarie.

Sarie was born in Springs and lived in Randfontein until 1998, at which time she moved to Horizon, Roodepoort, where she lived until the day of her passing.

Read initial article here: Crash kills 70-year-old woman on notoriously dangerous road

She leaves behind her three children, Karen, Marike and Andries, as well as three beautiful grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She enjoyed life to the fullest, said her eldest daughter, Karen. She had a bubbly personality and was always laughing.

“You really could rely on her. She always made time for her family and friends. She was always there for anyone in need and she helped wherever she could. She was also always ‘’n Bok vir Sports’,” Karen said.

Her hobbies included reading, nature and looking after her grandchildren. She loved her family more than anything else in the world. Sarie planted the seeds of the importance of perseverance in her entire family, teaching them that one needs to be persistent and show determination in order to achieve anything.

She taught her children to be strong, independent and not to give up if they had set their minds on anything.

“She had the most beautiful hands. She enjoyed life, always smiled and never backed down. Our kind-hearted mother was always willing to try new things – she was extremely adventurous,” Karen said.

“My mom was my best friend. She taught her children and grandchildren the right foundations of life. She would have taken a bullet for us and I believe she saved my daughter’s life the day of the accident.”

Her family will miss her for her warmth, advice, companionship and ability to make everyone feel loved and cared for.

Karen is still in search of anyone who might have witnessed the collision, which occurred on Saturday, 22 July at about 11.30am at the intersection of Robert Broom and Paardekraal Drives. If you have any information regarding this collision, please contact Karen on 082 820 3777.

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