'HAPPY and content' – those were the words used this week to remember the couple tragically killed in a Clumber Park car accident.
Dean Hill, 24, and Emma Blenkiinsop, 32, both of Netherton Road, Manton, died on Tuesday 21st August after their car hit a tree as they drove along Limetree Avenue in the National Trust beauty spot.
And family members this week paid tribute to the couple.
"The pair of them were always so happy, no matter what life threw at them, nothing could get them down – they were content," said Emma's mum Penny Keywood, 58, of Featherstone Avenue, Manton.
"We are devastated, especially since it's both of them. It was such a shock when we found out, but nothing can bring them back so all we can
do is carry on and think about the children they have left behind."
Dean and Emma had been travelling along Limetree Avenue at around 10.20pm when their green Honda Prelude crashed into a tree.
Emma, who was driving, and Dean, a front seat passenger, were killed instantly. Rear seat passenger Jack Revell, 24, from Worksop, was taken to Bassetlaw Hospital and treated for his injuries.
The couple – who had been together for almost seven years – had a four-year-old daughter Taylor, and Dean thought of Emma's two other children, Pearce, 10, and Jack, 8, as his own.
"Emma was very bubbly and always had a lovely, wide grin on her face. We never saw either of them down – we are grieving for both of them and we will miss them dreadfully," said Emma's stepdad, Paul Keywood, 58.
Emma also leaves behind dad John, 57, of Newgate, Worksop, brother Jason Archer and sister Victoria Blenk.
And Dean's parents Lee and Diane Hill, of Oxford Road, Carlton, remembered their son this week as someone who would drop everything to help others.
"I will miss his cheeky ways. He was a lovable rogue and he would always think of others before himself," said Mrs Hill, 49.
The pair doted on their children and would often take them on trips to the park and the beach.
"Family was their life – it was so important to them. Dean loved the kids and used to like teaching them how to fish and would often take them to Scarborough or Skegness for the day," said Mr Hill, 47.
Dean went to Dinnington Comprehensive School as a teenager before settling in Worksop's Portland Comprehensive.
He met Emma when she moved to Carlton. The pair soon became inseparable.
"They were very much alike and everything they did, they did as a family. That is why we were so relieved to find out the kids were not with them on the night of the accident," said Mr Hill.
Dean's parents said they had no idea why the couple were driving through Clumber Park that night.
At an inquest into the couple's death held in Nottingham on Wednesday, coroner Nigel Chapman said that police officer Mark Lee had found the pair and instantly recognised Dean as they went to school together.
Dr Chapman said that they both died from multiple injuries. The investigation into the cause of the accident continues.
A funeral service for Dean will be held on Tuesday 4th September at 10am at St John's Church in Carlton.
Emma's funeral service will take place on the same day at St Paul's Church in Manton at 10.45am.
The couple will then be buried together at Hannah Park Cemetery in Worksop.