TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘dedicated’ teacher at a special needs school who died earlier this month.
Elizabeth Edwards – known as Liz – died at her home in Pen y Gardden, near Ruabon, on Saturday, June 7, after an illness.
She began work at St Christopher’s special school in Wrexham in March 1998 and worked with pupils to help them return to mainstream education.
A lifelong resident of Ruabon, the 63-year-old studied at Ruabon Grammar School and played hockey and netball at national level. She went on to train at IM Marsh College, Liverpool, as a teacher of both PE and biology.
Her husband Richard Edwards, 64, said: “It’s still quite raw at the moment. We’re struggling to come to terms with it.”
Mr Edwards added: “I want to pay tribute to her consultant, Dr Garcia, and all the staff at Shooting Star at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. They did a marvellous job there.”
The couple met in 1967 and were married at Ruabon Church in 1972.
As well as her husband, Elizabeth leaves son James and grandchildren Murran and Layla.
Maxine Pittaway, headteacher at St Christopher’s, said: “The pupils and staff are really missing her. We all miss her presence.
“She was a private lady and very determined. She was very professional and always put the children first and was a very dedicated member of staff.”
Elizabeth’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Ruabon, at 1pm today, followed by internment at Ruabon Cemetery. Flowers from family members only, but donations will be accepted for Nightingale House Hospice.