The family of a grandmother who died in a two-car collision on the A90 have paid tribute to her.
Muriel Duffy, 73, died when her car crashed into another vehicle near Blackdog in Aberdeenshire on Sunday at about 3pm.
Mrs Duffy's daughter Penelope, and two granddaughters Georgia, eight, and Delphi, five, were also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary but were not seriously injured.
Three men, aged between 22 and 23, were travelling in the other car. They were also taken to hospital, one with potentially life-threatening injuries, while the other two had leg injuries.
The former teacher was married to retired Aberdeen University professor John Duffy and had two children, Alastair, 46, and Penelope, as well as three grandchildren.
A statement issued on behalf of the family said: "Muriel was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. We are all shocked by her sudden loss which has left a huge hole in our lives.
"Muriel was born in Dundee and lived there until the age of 11 when she moved to Carlisle with her family. Muriel and John were married in 1959 and came to live in Aberdeen 46 years ago. She loved children and worked as a teacher at Northfield Academy, specialising in learning support.
"Muriel was an active lady who enjoyed a variety of sporting activities and had a keen and knowledgeable interest in music, particularly opera.
"We have been left with only the happiest of memories of a loving, hard working person who made a huge difference to many people's lives.
"We've been heartened by the messages of support from friends and family which have been of great comfort at this difficult time."
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