TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Wrexham teacher, magistrate and businesswoman.
Elizabeth Thompson died on January 4, aged 78. She died suddenly, but peacefully from cardiac problems.
Born in Leigh, Lancashire, she graduated from Sheffield University where she met her husband, Alan Thompson.
They married in December 1959.
The couple moved to Garden Village in 1965, when Mr Thompson was appointed a lecturer at Cartrefle College.
She taught evening courses in cookery at Bryn Offa in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
She also taught English and geography part-time at the technical college – now Glyndwr University – in the 1970s and early 80s.
In the 1980s Mrs Thompson left teaching and set up a business, Nimbus Candles.
Her daughter Anne Thompson said: “The business started out making candles in the garage at home, but later acquired a workshop on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
“The business made decorative candles which were sold in gift shops and at flower and agricultural shows.”
Mrs Thompson once sold some candles to Princess Anne at the Burghley Horse Trials.
At the time Mrs Thompson said: “I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to take money from a royal or not, but the Princess had her purse out.”
Mrs Thompson became a magistrate in Wrexham in the 1980s and served on the bench for some 20 years.
She followed the fortunes of Wrexham FC with her son, Mark and represented the London Reds Supporters Club as matchball sponsor.
Her daughter said it amused the matchday host, ex-Wrexham striker Gary Bennett, that one of the London Reds at the Racecourse had travelled from Garden Village.
Mrs Thompson and her husband, who died in 1999, were active members of St Margaret’s Church, Garden Village.
Mrs Thompson was a founder of the St Margaret’s Young Wives Group in the 1960s, which over time became the Ladies Group and then the Mothers Union, where she was leader up until her death.
She was an enthusiastic member of Wrexham’s Grove Park Little Theatre, helping with props, backstage or front of house when her husband was involved in a production.
She did not tread the boards at Grove Park but made several appearances for the Wrexham Benefice Drama Group at St Margaret’s and elsewhere in Wrexham.
In recent years she was a volunteer with the Wrexham Hospital League of Friends and could be found serving in the Maelor Hospital shop.
She leaves her son Mark and daughter Anne and family in Hampshire and friends all over the UK and overseas.
A funeral will be held at St Margaret’s Church in Garden Village on Wednesday, January 22 at 2.15pm. Family flowers only please but donations can be made in lieu to Christian Aid.