A family has paid tribute to a Chalfont St Peter resident who lived in the village for all her life.
Robbie Saunders spoke to us about his mum Sue, who was very well known and much loved in the village.
Sue sadly passed away of COVID-19 on February 7 in Wexham Park Hospital. Villagers also took to social media to leave support messages to Sue’s family.
Robbie said: “She’s been in the same village for all her life, she knew everybody, everybody knew her and she had time for everybody.
“Mum loved meeting people. She would go out quite regularly; she didn’t have a car so she would just walk down to the village most days. She would know the shopkeepers, in fact, she could go out buying milk and be gone for two hours.”
Sue loved going out with her friend Hilda and for the past seven years they began going out every Wednesday, having the most fun adventures together.
Robbie continued: “They would have the most wonderful time together, they would sit by the river in Windsor or by the fountain and people would just gravitate towards them. They didn’t know anybody but she could just make friends like that, people would walk up and start talking to them.
“Recently we found out that one day, this gentleman came up to my mum and Hilda, he was a tourist from America. He said they looked great sitting there and he took a picture with them. Three weeks later he sent a card through the post with this lovely picture of them, asking them to keep in touch.
“She was always there for her neighbours, and even if going to the shops could sometimes be a struggle for her physically, she would still ask people if they needed any shopping.
“She would give you her last penny, she was totally selfless. If anybody else had material things that were lovely, she was pleased for them. I’ve never heard her say “I want that” and I mean it.”
Sue has two children and three grandchildren, she was also very close to Robbie’s wife Chris. To Sue her family was everything.
The funeral was on Monday, March 1 at the Chilterns Crematorium, her immediate family was there.
Due to the current circumstances, many of her friends, who are in their 70s and 80s, couldn’t come, her sister and brother also could not attend but watched the live stream instead.
Robbie mentioned: “For us it is a dreadful loss, she was part of the furniture of Chalfont St Peter.
“She never ever judged you. She was always supportive and full of love towards us, if we did anything as kids, she would still support you. She wouldn’t have a bad word, just love and support.”
Chalfont St Peter residents also paid tribute to Sue, one person addressing the family, wrote on Facebook: “A genuinely lovely lady who made me and my family feel welcome when we moved in next door, she will be sadly missed by all of us, our thoughts are with you all and we are here if you need anything.”
Another person said: “She was a lovely lady and often stopped to chat about the dogs and her cat if I met her in the village or walked the dogs. She will be missed.”