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Tributes paid to former Droitwich teaching assistant who died in crash

Droitwich Editorial 17th Jun, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

A RETIRED Droitwich teaching assistant has died after being involved in a crash in Cumbria on Friday (June 13).

The incident, involving 71-year-old Jean Partridge, took place at 4.40pm on the A685 near Kirkby Stephen.

The police, fire and ambulance services went to the incident but, despite their best efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was traveling from Whitchurch in Shropshire, where she now lives, to spend time with her son who lives in North Yorkshire.

Jean has been described by family and friends as ‘one of live’s giver’s who always putting others’ feelings and needs before her own, even during her own darkest moments’.

Family-orientated Jean acquired the affectionate nickname ‘the pocket rocket’ as she was always smiling and ‘danced through her life with a positive attitude’.

“Her passion for sport went hand in hand with her pride for the country she lived in, relishing in all the pomp and circumstance that comes with our country’s heritage.

“From the Olympics to tiddlywinks, if there was an England shirt in play she threw her full volume heartfelt support from either the pool/track side, or at the television,” the tribute added.

The family concluded by saying it fully appreciated the support and kindness received from Jean’s many friends.

Jean leaves behind two brothers David and Peter and their families who she adored, her children and her beloved grandchildren.

They said she also left an enormous hole in their’s and her friends’ lives.

Funeral arrangements and other details will be released in due course.

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