THE husband of a great-grandmother who worked tirelessly for older people has paid tribute to her following her death.
Winifred Shaw – known as Winnie-Mae – worked up until March despite being 82 and having cancer of the pancreas.
Mrs Shaw, of Penny Place, Waterlooville, was a staunch supporter of British Heart Foundation and Age Concern and despite her advancing years worked almost full time as a volunteer.
Her husband Mike, 80, said: ‘She was a great woman, people loved her.
‘Winnie-Mae was only a small woman in stature but had a lovely nature. She would do anything for anyone because she was so nice and full of vitality.
‘She was a prominent supporter of older people and all the older people’s charities, particularly Age Concern.
‘Unfortunately she became very ill and her two daughters, who are registered nurses, took her to the west country to try and build her strength up.
‘She came from Bath and was immensely proud of that.’
Mrs Shaw had three daughters from a previous marriage, Brenda Tompkins, Jennifer Broad and Karen Shaw.
Between them they have six children and three grandchildren.
Mrs Shaw was a care assistant for Portsmouth City Council until she retired.
Her proud husband said: ‘From age 60 she worked for Age Concern.
‘She was given three awards for her work by three different Havant mayors. Winnie-Mae would put in something like 30 hours a week at Malmesbury Lawn, in Leigh Park and she received the Gold Award for Volunteering.
‘She even ran the old people’s bingo at Cowplain Social Club.
‘People have been telephoning me in tears saying how much she meant to them. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s helped me.’
Mrs Shaw’s funeral is on May 12 in Dorset. A memorial service will be held at St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, on May 29 at 2.30pm followed by a wake at Cowplain Social Club. All are welcome.