CUT SHORT: Newcastle Herald worker Jenny Tull died after an accident at Belmont on Monday morning. TRAGIC: The scene of the fatal car crash, on the Pacific Highway, Belmont. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
JENNY Tull was the life of every party, regardless of the company or the occasion.
Bubbly, vivacious and a keen dancer, the Newcastle Herald employee loved to socialise and listen to live music.
Yet her death has shocked family and workmates who adored and cherished her outgoing and accepting personality.
The 54-year-old was driving to work yesterday morning when her Holden Commodore was involved in a collision with a truck at Belmont North about 9am.
Police said Mrs Tull died at the scene.
Her husband, Greg, and two children Jason, 22, and Kayla, 19, remembered her as a socialite who could spark up a conversation with anyone.
“We used to go out every Friday and Saturday night dancing,” Mr Tull said.
“She loved going with her friends and going to see different bands at different clubs.
“She made friends easily and just loved meeting people.”
Sister-in-law Narelle Wanless said Mrs Tull never judged anyone and was always organising holidays.
“We’re a very cliquey family and we’d always go away together,” she said.
“You could put her in a room and she could chat to anybody.
Mrs Tull also loved going on cruises and was a member of the CruiseAholics Social Group on Facebook.
Organiser Cheryl Debenham posted on the group’s page that Mrs Tull was “the life of any night out, first on the dance floor and [she] had an amazing heart and soul. I will miss this beautiful lady.”
The Herald’s general manager Jason King sent the family condolences on behalf of staff.
“In a team like ours everyone feels the pain and hurt from such a tragic death,” he said.
“Jenny was an amazing staff member, sales professional and, above all, friend to so many.”
The Tull family sent a special thank you to Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood for his support and to the “overwhelming” number of Herald staff who had sent their love.
Mrs Tull is also survived by her parents Eileen and David and younger sister, Lynette.