Helen Chambers, 44, met her husband in primary school.
She was a born-and-bred Cantabrian and grew up in Redwood in a family of 10 children. She was a corporate trust risk manager at Perpetual Trust, which was on the first floor of the collapsed PGC building.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Brett Chambers, and two teenage boys, Will and George.
Brett said his wife was an "unbelievably awesome wife and mother and incredibly proud of her boys".
"I have since learnt things about Helen that even I didn't fully appreciate like the way that she touched other people's lives and the depth of her friendships," he said.
The couple had made plans together that were shattered on February 22.
Speaking to Helen in a tribute, Brett said: "Well. This is not what we agreed. What happened to the version with the matching lazyboy chairs and growing old together. The golf carts around Hanmer. The doting grandparents. I liked that ending much better than this one."
Brett said he missed making his wife's cup of tea, hearing her laugh at the dinner table and solving the world's problems with her.
Helen was a devoted mother and was always involved with her son's schooling and sporting commitments. She had been chairwoman and secretary of Christ the King School parent council. She was one of life's very special people and will never be forgotten, Brett said.