NEIGHBOURS and colleagues have paid tribute to 29-year-old Christie Gallon, of Cheadle, who was killed in a car crash.
Christie Gallon died on Monday, April 14, when her car collided with a heavy goods vehicle on Uttoxeter Road, between Draycott and Blythe Bridge.
It is believed that she was travelling home from a night shift at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) when the accident happened.
Neighbours and colleagues of the former Painsley High School student described her as a 'bubbly and pleasant' woman.
Family friend Liz Harris, aged 61, lives across the road from Christie and her family in Ash Tree Hill, in Cheadle.
She said: "When we heard we were all devastated. It has shaken the whole street.
"Christie had an extra-special gift of bringing happiness to anyone who knew her.
"All through her life, from a very young age, she had the amazing ability of making you smile.
"She was fun-loving and a wonderful neighbour.
"My sons, Will and Nicholas, went to school with Christie.
"We are all really sad about what has happened. You can't find a bad word to say about her. She was just wonderful."
Fellow neighbour Edna Wood added: "I only knew her to say hello to but she was always a happy and pleasant girl.
"I knew she worked at the hospital and she was forever changing her hair colour like all young girls do. I think she knew a couple of people who go to my church.
"She was a very friendly neighbour. What happened to her is such a shock. Her family have lost their biggest treasure."
Christie was a staff nurse at the UHNS. She worked on Ward 228 and had recently finished her final placement as a student nurse at Keele University.
She was well-known throughout the hospital due to her work on the nursing bank.
UHNS chief nurse Liz Rix said: "Christie was a highly valued and well respected member of the nursing team on Ward 228.
"Nursing was all she ever wanted to do and I'm very grateful that she was able to achieve her dream.
"She was extremely caring and showed great compassion to all the patients on the ward.
"Christie will be sadly missed by everyone here at University Hospital and our thoughts are with Christie's family at this very difficult time."
Ward matron Julia Birchall-Searle, added: "Christie was a bubbly, positive nurse who was clearly passionate about nursing. Christie loved working as a nurse and was especially fond of older people, who she had a special affinity with.
"We were delighted to have such a lovely, caring person as part of the team, she was loved by all the staff on Ward 228 and will always be remembered in our hearts and memories."