THE family of a university worker from County Durham who died following a car accident in Wales have paid tribute to "a bubbly person" who "lived life to the full".

Joanne Smart, who moved to Cardiff 10 years ago, was killed when the Peugeot 206 she was driving was was involved in a road traffic collision on the A470 at about 10.15am on Sunday (July 20).

Miss Smart, 36, suffered serious injuries which later proved fatal.

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A statement released by her mother, Barbara Richardson, and stepfather, Glen Richardson, said: “Joanne, known as Jo by her friends, will be missed by all who knew her.

"She was a very bubbly person and always lived life to the full. There’s nothing she liked more than to spend time with her family, especially her sisters Amy and Laura and her best friends, Emma, Rebecca and Sarah.

“They were inseparable and would meet up as often as they could. They loved having a good time and would often go for nights out, for meals and to the cinema.

“Jo had a real zest for life and was always willing and happy to help anyone who needed it. At the age of 20 she joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as a civilian radio operator and was able to use Morse Code, assisting with requests for emergency supplies for the British Forces.

"When she moved to Cardiff from County Durham a little over 10 years ago she found a job as a personal assistant at Cardiff University, a job we know she loved.

“Keeping fit was also something that was important to her so she and her friends would always find time to go to Boot Camp.

“Her only other love, who we feel we have to mention, was her dog Saxon who she loved and who also loved her dearly.

“As a family we are devastated and completely heartbroken and will cherish all the great times and wonderful memories she gave us.”