Thamesford grandma killed in golf cart crash was family's 'rock'

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A Thamesford grandmother killed in a golf-cart crash is being remembered as “the rock” to her family and a kind and generous spirit.

Mary Hendriksen, 60, died in hospital Tuesday, shortly after the golf cart she was driving with her two grandchildren was struck by a vehicle on Zorra Township's 15th line, between Road 74 and McCarty Street, Oxford OPP said.

The children, aged one and three, suffered minor injuries in the crash on 15th Line in Zorra Township, between Road 74 and McCarty Street, Oxford OPP said.

Hendriksen is survived by her mother, husband, four children, several grandchildren, siblings and extended family, her obituary says. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday at Thamesford District community centre, followed by a private funeral Monday.

“Mary was the rock to her family and lived her life with faith, love, and compassion,” Hendriksen’s family said in her obituary.

“Her generosity, thoughtfulness and helping spirit touched the lives of all those who were dear to her. Mary’s greatest joy came from spending time with her family and grandchildren, and she will be greatly missed.”

Online tributes described Hendriksen as thoughtful and kind, and “a special person” who “made the world a better place.”

Hendriksen’s husband declined comment Thursday evening.

Donations in her memory can be made to Homes for Hope El Salvador and Ronald McDonald House, both “causes dear to her heart,” her obituary said.

Neighbours say the Thamesford resident was collecting mail from the mailbox at the end of her laneway when the crash occurred.

Police later located a vehicle and arrested a suspect in Zorra.

Brandon Nairn, 35, is charged with failing to stop at an accident causing death. He remains in custody and is to appear in court Monday.

Oxford OPP want to talk to occupants of a light-coloured pickup truck, travelling on 15th Line between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, who may have seen something connected to the crash.

Anyone with information should call police at 1-888-310-1122.

Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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