TRIBUTES have been paid to a “wonderful mother and thoroughly devoted grandmother” who died after a fall while horse riding near Southam.
Liz Jackson – the wife of former Stratford District Council chairman Simon Jackson – was riding along a country lane between Fenny Compton and Farnborough on on Thursday January 7 when she fell.
Emergency services arrived and life support was carried out but she died with her husband of 39 years by her side.
The life-long horse rider, keen bridge player, gardener and golfer attended school at Downe House in Berkshire.
After moving to Warwickshire, where she met and married Mr Jackson, she used her entrepreneurial skills to create Lizzie’s Basket – a company catering for directors’ lunches and other events.
A son, Henry and daughter, Kizzy, followed and the family spent many happy holidays in Cornwall together.
Paying tribute, daughter Kizzy said: “She was first and foremost a dedicated wife who encouraged everyone in her orbit to find the positive in any negative situation.
“She was a wonderful mother to me and Henry and a thoroughly devoted grandmother to Henry’s children, Archie and Oscar.
“She was always there for us and went to great lengths to support the wider family. She would never let a telephone ring out and her door was always open for anyone.
“Mum and Dad enjoyed surfing and never failed to take to the sea in their wetsuits, clutching their old fashioned wooden boards.”
Mrs Jackson was a stalwart supporter of her husband, canvassing enthusiastically when he stood to become a district councillor for the Burton Dassett ward – where he served for 11 years and more recently, as his consort during his term as Stratford District Council chairman from May 2014 to 2015.
“She attended every function and had the most wonderful ability to engage with everyone. They rode together almost every day, and The Slade, where the accident took place, was one of their favourite rides,” said Kizzy.
“Mum was active in the community and regularly volunteered for Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) near Stratford, and more recently, campaigned to raise funds for the restoration of the Beauchamp Chapel at St Mary’s Church, Warwick.
“Mum was extremely upbeat, always looking on the sunny side of life and would never give up when faced with a challenge. Everyone is extremely shocked and she will be greatly missed by family and friends.”
Donna Jenkins of Stratford RDA added: “Our group has sadly lost a much-loved member of the team.
“Liz commenced volunteering eight years ago and soon touched the hearts of our riders for her kindness and support – she always held a smile and willingly helped at our sessions and competitions.
“In 2014, when Simon was appointed the position of Chair of Stratford District Council, she persuaded him to raise funds for our group and tirelessly organised events, culminating in a donation of over £4,500 towards the installation of our hydraulic mounting lift.
“Fond memories will always have a place in our hearts and our warmest condolences go to her family.”
A service of thanksgiving and celebration will be held at St Mary’s Church in Warwick on Friday, January 22 at 2.30pm.
No flowers are requested but donations are welcome via Humphris on 01295 265464.