A GRIEVING husband has paid tribute to a "wonderful wife and amazing mother".
Wendy Slater, of Rakes Road, Monyash, was killed in an early-morning car crash as she was travelling along the A515 at Flagg on Thursday, April 24.
Her husband Andrew said: "Wendy was everything to me.
"I have lost my soul-mate, and the children have lost the most amazing mother ever."
Wendy, 45, was born in Ashbourne to Doris Leason and Wasyl (Walti) Wasylyszyn and was a former pupil at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School.
After leaving full-time education she remained in Ashbourne, working for Spencer's bakery before taking a position with Sainsbury's supermarket in Kingsway until the late 1990s.
Andrew said: "When I met Wendy in 2001 she had left Sainsbury's and was running the Coach and Horses pub with her brother Robert. I saw her and I knew she was the one for me. I never looked back."
The couple made their home in The Firs, Old Hill, in a studio flat that Andrew bought for her as a Valentine's Day gift.
Andrew said: "I asked her to marry me, and we decided to get married at the Mill in Gretna Green, on September 4, 2002. We packed two bags in the boot of the car and I asked her if she was sure she wanted to do this. She laughed and said she had never been surer of anything in her life.
"She was always laughing – her happiness was infectious and it really lit up our lives."
In December 2002 their first child, Thomas James Owen (Tommy) was born and the family moved to Friden. Wendy became a full-time mother and Andrew was working as a kiln fireman for DSF Refractories and Minerals. They lived on site.
He said: "It used to make Wendy roar with laughter that I said I was a fireman – only I didn't put fires out, I started them."
Daughter Constance Sarah Daisy was born in January 2004 and the family moved in 2009 to Monyash when Andrew was made redundant from his job at the refractory.
Andrew said: "Wendy loved the Peak District. She absolutely loved walking and photography, so she said she was in the perfect location. She enjoyed swimming, and used to take Constance dancing in the village hall every week."
Wendy started working for Derbyshire County Council when the children went to school, and was employed as a cook.
Andrew works for Serco as a refuge collector in the recycling section. He said: "I was working on the day Wendy was killed.
"When I saw the police I thought maybe something had happened to the car, that it had been stolen or something, but I never for one moment imagined anything as bad as this. I just can't imagine life without her."
The funeral will be held at St Leonard's Church in Monyash at 11am tomorrow.
Andrew said: "I can see the church from my window and we are going to have her buried so the children have somewhere to visit and remember her.
"Anyone who knew Wendy is more than welcome to come along to the service."