SHE WAS known as the Christmas Lady who brought festive cheer by decorating her house from top to bottom.
Each year Patricia Taplin’s bungalow in Brockhurst Road, Gosport, would stand out with hundreds of lights and festive characters on display.
Now tributes have been paid to the 78-year-old who died on Monday after suffering from heart disease.
Her husband Roy, 77, who married Patricia on Christmas Eve 1956, said: ‘Everybody was amazed as to how much was up and how many lights there were.
‘She was the first one to do the outside of the house and then other people started doing it.
‘She started the trend. She just loved that time of year.
‘She loved seeing the pleasure on people’s faces.
‘People used to knock the door and say thank you for doing it.’
Mrs Taplin would start putting up Christmas decorations at the end of October, and would be completed by the beginning of December.
She would often invite people to have a look around her home, asking for a fee which was donated to charity.
She regularly held a Christmas party where she bought gifts for her grandchildren and their friends. Mr Taplin added: ‘She liked to have a laugh and a joke. She used to like throwing parties.
‘She got on with everybody. She loved kids.
‘She was a big family person.’
Her daughter Dawn Trivett, 49, added: ‘She never really stopped, it was all about Christmas.
‘She would always look for presents when we went on holiday.
‘People called her the Christmas lady.’ Mrs Taplin was born in Gosport and was married for almost 55 years.
She had three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Her funeral will take place on Wednesday, March 9 at Portchester Crematorium at midday.
The family has asked people not to send any flowers, and to instead give donations to the British Heart Foundation.