'She kept us together in the bad times. Now she has flown away'
SHE was seen as the lynchpin of the Stone family, holding them together in the weeks that followed the death of her brother in Afghanistan last summer.
Mother-of-one Jennie Stone, 28, was killed in a crash on the A165 – the Hull to Bridlington road – on Monday.
She was returning to her Bridlington home after dropping son Charlie, 9, off at Skipsea Primary School, when the accident happened.
Jennie's blue Peugeot 206 crashed into another car, before colliding with a tree in Fraisthorpe.
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It comes just months after Gregg, 20, was shot dead on a mission in Afghanistan in June.
Following the latest tragedy to hit her family, their mother, Angie, wrote on Gregg's Facebook tribute page: "As you welcome your beautiful sister into your arms, tell her we love her and miss her dreadfully.
"Sleep tight my angels."
Angie and husband Bob – who called their eldest daughter Jennie Wren after the bird – have struggled to find the words to describe their deep loss as they comfort their young grandson.
"Words cannot say how lost we are without our Jennie Wren," said Angie, 56.
"She kept us together when times were bad and she was so beautiful. Now she has flown away."
Days after Gregg's death, Jennie was pictured with her family standing in the rain, while holding a bunch of white roses, as the hearse carrying his Union flag-draped coffin was driven through the village of Carterton, in Oxfordshire.
Angie and Bob's other children, Kallum, 19, Rosie-Ann, 20, Graeme, 30, and Jamie, 32, also paid tribute to a much-loved sister.
In a joint statement, read by their parents, they said: "Our beautiful Jennie Wren, so clever and such a sweet, loving, caring person.
"We could not have had a better sister. We will love her always."
Married Gregg, a private in 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, and his wife Samantha – childhood sweethearts who met at Hornsea School – were expecting their first child when he was killed.
His unit had been tasked with helping rescue a senior Afghan policeman taken prisoner by the Taliban in the district of Nahr-e Saraj – a hotbed for Taliban attacks – in Helmand Province.
Gregg was the fifth soldier from East Yorkshire to be killed in the war zone since operations began in October 2001.
Police have said no one else was injured in the crash which claimed Jennie's life.