Saying it with flowers - floral tribute to ‘wonderful’ Jaunty Jean
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 September 2018
A permanent tribute to a founder member of Littleham in Bloom has been unveiled to remember ‘much-loved’ Jean Mears, who died in December 2017.
World of Country Life staff, where Jean had worked, her family and daughter Lesley, and Littleham in Bloom members, held a memorial plaque unveiling at a floral boat display, in Westdown Lane, Exmouth, to remember a ‘wonderful lady’.
The owner of World of Country Life, Nigel Lee, has sponsored the flowers in the display vessel; the boat has been named Jaunty Jean, in Jean Mears’s honour, and a gold plaque commissioned.
Debbie Butler, at World of Country Life, said: “Jeanie was instrumental in many things in Littleham, not least the Littleham in Bloom flower beds and the boat in Westdown Lane.”
She added: “Jean worked at World of Country Life for many years and even in her later years often popped up on her beloved scooter to check on her hanging baskets and to make sure all the staff were well, and happy.
“She was a real character and we all loved her.”
A Littleham in Bloom spokesperson said: “We are thrilled to have Jaunty Jean in our midst.
“Jean was a founder member when Littleham in Bloom was set up in November 2006.
“She was an incredibly enthusiastic and hard working member of the group, whether it was tackling some of our earlier planting projects around the village or fundraising.
“In the early days of our group we met every Sunday and Jean would quite often be seen during the week working on area so that it could be planted out.”