The community of Mexborough has paid tribute to Ann Tuby, known for generations in the town as “The Roundabout Lady”.
Mrs Tuby, who entertained children with her roundabout in the town centre for more than 25 years, died aged 68 on December 3.
She was married to Terence Tuby, 65, a director of Arthur Tuby and Sons, who run Conisbrough Ticklecock Fair, as well as fairs at Worksop, Wombwell, Barnsley and in Nottinghamshire.
Speaking at the couple’s bungalow at Tuby’s Amusement Depot on Station Road, Mexborough, Mr Tuby said he was still coming to terms with the death of his wife.
He said: “Ann passed away very suddenly and it still hasn’t sunk in yet.
“She was well known in Mexborough – everybody knew her and talked to her and she would help them out if they had any problems.
“All the local people have told me this, what a lady she was.
He described Mrs Tuby as the “backbone” of the family firm, which has been associated with funfairs in the town for more than 150 years.
He said:“Ann did the books and made sure everything ran smoothly.
She kept the house and the depot spotless and nothing ever passed her by without her noticing.
She was very practical woman and a great mother and grandmother. She will be very greatly missed.”
The couple would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Thursday.
Mr Tuby said they met each other as “show folk” - Ann was a member of the famous Fantom fairground family from Ripley, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
“Fairs and shows have been in our blood for about 300 years.
“They don’t make them like Ann any more.”
She is survived by her son James, 28 and one year-old granddaughter Claire Ann.
A funeral for family and friends to attend was held on December 20 at Rosehill Crematorium.