BRENDA Jones, a stalwart for the Westbury community whose endeavours included organising the blood donor sessions for around 50 years, has died at the age of 79.
Brenda lived in Westbury all her life, and along with her husband the late Maurice Jones, was ‘part and parcel of Westbury’s fabric.’
Brenda was the blood donor organiser for Westbury, where she organised and ran sessions at the Paragon Hall. Her hard work was recognised with an award presented at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Brenda was a strong member of the Inner Wheel club of Westbury for around 45 years, holding the office of president more than once. A highlight was representing the Westbury club at the 1973 conference of the International Inner Wheel in Copenhagen, where she spoke to present a proposal on eradicating leprosy in the Third World. She was also a key member of the League of Friends.
Brenda (nee Davis) was born in Westbury in 1933, and on marrying Maurice Jones of Fairview Farm became actively involved on the farm. She was also an accomplished organist, and was in demand for her skills in cake decorating.
As the wife of a Westbury mayor, Brenda was heavily involved in local functions and events, such as opening the revamped Boots pharmacy in the High Street in 2008.
Her son, Dorian Jones said, “She was very, very involved in the town. My father was Mayor of Westbury, and she would attend all the functions and was part and parcel of Westbury’s fabric. She put a lot into the town.”
Fellow Inner Wheel member Barbara Matthew said, “A lot of people in the town knew Brenda. She was a very smart and up together lady, it didn’t matter if she was just nipping down to the supermarket, she always looked the part. She is going to be missed by a lot of people.”