Hundreds of mourners packed out Lakenheath Methodist Church on Tuesday to remember the life of a popular village stalwart who died earlier this month.
Friends and family of Jackie Jackson gathered at the Back Street church for a service of remembrance the 52 year old who died on May 6 at West Suffolk Hospital following a brain aneurysm.
During her time in the village Mrs Jackson was a key member of the Lakenheath Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS), where she performed in over 50 productions, along with being a leader at the village’s Cub Scout group and a volunteer driver for the Good Neighbour scheme.
Her working career saw her spend spells at both the now closed Lakenheath Village Home and at Lakenheath Primary School where she worked as a lunch time supervisor.
Paying tribute to Mrs Jackson was Horry Parsons, chairman of LADS.
“Jackie was loved by everybody and almost every aspect of the community benefitted from her help as she was ever present at so many things,” said Mr Parsons.
“If anyone wanted help or support you would find Jackie at the front of the queue. If there was an Olympic event for volunteering she would have won a gold medal for Great Britain. She was an absolute shining light for LADS who had an incredible personality. She will be irreplaceable and missed by everyone.”
A fund has now been set up in memory of Mrs Jackson to collect cash for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each), and to raise money for a memorial bench to be installed in the village.
Any donations should be sent to Michael Denny & Sons, High Street, Lakenheath.