Tributes to paid to mother killed in car crash
PUBLISHED: 13:12 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010
A MOTHER who was actively involved in village life has died in a car accident in South Africa on Monday. Popular Jane Stuart, from Steventon End, Ashdon, was killed in the crash, which also injured her husband William, her children Kimberley, 10, and Sam,
A MOTHER who was actively involved in village life has died in a car accident in South Africa on Monday.
Popular Jane Stuart, from Steventon End, Ashdon, was killed in the crash, which also injured her husband William, her children Kimberley, 10, and Sam, five, and her father.
As treasurer for the PTA at Ashdon Primary School, where both her children attend school, she was described as "enthusiastic, creative and full of energy".
Headteacher Lynda Walsh said: "She was a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed. She was very popular and an important member of the PTA; she was always trying to think of ways to benefit the school.
"She had been working hard to organise the school fun run and she had recently completed a project to lay a new safety surface in the school playground.
"This was a tragic accident and the school will be offering whatever support we can to help the children."
The family had flown to South Africa on Friday to join Jane's mother for her 70th birthday celebrations.
After moving to the UK from South Africa in 2000, Jane had quickly settled into the community, becoming involved with the primary school and Ashdon's All Saints' Church.
"I have known her since her children started coming to the school three years ago," said Mrs Walsh. "She had always wanted to be a part of the village and would get involved in everything - nothing was too much trouble."
The Rev Michael Thompson of All Saints' Church said he was "shocked" by the news and described her as a "lovely lady, full of the joys of life". Jane had helped to organise the youth club, was on the church council and part of the flower rota.
A short service of prayers will precede the opening of a book of condolence at All Saints' Church, Ashdon, at noon on Saturday. The book will be open at the church every day between noon and 3pm until April 20 except on Tuesday April 15 when it will be at Ashdon Baptist Church.
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