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Fond farewell to former Mayor Sheila Woodyatt MBE


FAMILY, friends and former colleagues bid a fond farewell to long-standing local councillor Sheila Woodyatt MBE during her funeral at St Peter’s Church, Oughtrington, Lymm.

The packed congregation included politicians from all parties who turned out in force to celebrate the life of the former mayor of Warrington and “super mum” mother of four who died recently aged 80.

Cllr Woodyatt had represented Lymm on the parish council since 1979 and Warrington Borough Council since 1983, serving as Mayor in 2000-01. She also served on Cheshire County Council and was involved with numerous community organisations.

She was a long-standing member of Warrington South Conservative Association, a member of the executive and a Conservative councillor for almost 40 years – and described“ as a genuine pillar of the community.”

At one time she was the only Conservative councillor left on the borough council gaining much respect from her opposition colleagues, many of whom attended the funeral service.

During family tributes she was described as a “super mum” who ran the home with “military precision,” loving her time in the kitchen, enjoying family meals at the “head of the table” and enjoying time in her beloved garden. She also enjoyed family holidays and in later life her holidays with her late husband Neville who died last May.

Musical tributes were performed by Cherry Tree Primary School and Lymm High School where she was a long serving governor.

The service concluded with a moving rendition of “I did it my way” recorded by her friends at Warrington Male Voice Choir, who were also in attendance.



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