Jeanette dedicated her life to village

Jeanette Palmer
Jeanette Palmer

A grandmother who immersed herself in all aspects of village life has died aged 86.

Jeanette Palmer, who was a founding member of groups including the players and the parent participating playgroup was well known in the village.

She was born in North Buckinghamshire in 1928 and attended Aylesbury Grammar School.

After that she trained as a draughtsman and worked for the government, meeting her husband Gerald in 1952 through an Aylesbury work colleague.

The couple moved to Weston Turville in 1957 and between 1960 and 1964 had their sons Mark and Timothy.

Her son Mark said: “When she left work to start a family she missed the social contact at work, so she went on to join every committee in the village that would have her as she felt she should contribute to the local community she was proud to live in.”

Over the years Mrs Palmer was a fundraiser for village recreation areas raising money for the provision of sports equipment.

She was also a key campaigner in getting tennis courts built for the youth club.

As a member of the Weston Turville Players Mrs Palmer used her creative energies to put together pantomime performances.

Mr Palmer added: “She wrote all the light hearted and rhyming scripts and all the children in the village were offered parts if they showed any interest at all.

“This of course ensured there were full houses every year, with a favourite dame making his annual appearances driving her round the bend as he changed the script when he forgot his lines.”

As well as theatre arts Mrs Palmer loved handicrafts and set up the annual village craft fair at the village hall.

A competent gardener and flower arranger, she organised the flower displays at St Mary The Virgin Church in the village for many years.

Mr Palmer said: “She would always be disappointed if she did not win at least three rosettes at the annual horticultural show which she always entered into with great enthusiasm.”

Following her death on March 10, Mrs Palmer leaves behind her sons , as well as grandchildren Hayley and Richard.

Mr Palmer said: “In her later years confinement to a wheelchair never dampened her joy for life, in fact she did everything she ever wanted to do.

“But people would have to mind their feet as she would often roll into them with her keenness to carry on as normal.”

“She was always surrounded by cats and a beloved dog at one stage who rode along in her wheelchair.”