An Irish-American woman on her way home from a St.Patrick’s parade party at Fenian’s Irish pub in Conklin, Michigan was killed after missing a stop sign.
Elizabeth Ann Warber, 67, did not drink but was diabetic and had taken a wrong turn looking for a highway.
She was ejected from the car and died immediately after running the stop sign and colliding with a truck.
Warber, a frequent visitor to Ireland. had come to Conklin from Grand Rapids to spend the Patrick’s Day celebration with her son-in-law.
She became confused after leaving the pub. The woman, whom daughter Samantha Warber described as a “bright spot who was always smiling,” was pronounced dead on the scene.
She was a former teacher and long-time hospital volunteer Known to most as “Betty,” Elizabeth Warber was proud of her Irish heritage and was in Conklin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with her son-in-law. She left early because there wasn’t any Irish music playing at the pub’s annual parade party.
Samantha Warber said that her mother had become confused. “She was in unfamiliar territory, lost, turned around and probably agitated,” she said.
”She was a care-giver who didn’t shy away from difficult tasks such as taking care of her brother, Richard, before he died of cancer.”