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Norwich City Joint Majority shareholder Michael Wynn Jones pays tribute to his mother

PUBLISHED: 12:16 01 January 2012

Michael Wynn Jones with his mother Dilys in 2004. Picture by Amanda Sandland-Taylor.

Michael Wynn Jones with his mother Dilys in 2004. Picture by Amanda Sandland-Taylor.

The mother of Norwich City joint majority shareholder Michael Wynn Jones has died at the age of 101.

Dilys Wynn Jones, who was born in Wales in 1910 and died peacefully at her Roydon home on December 21 of old age, will be dearly missed by her son Mr Wynn Jones along with his wife Delia Smith.

Described as a family woman who could be quite strong willed at times, Mr Wynn Jones, said: “She was very interested in things, particularly literature and was very knowledgable about it. A conversation with her was always fascinating and she knew her mind and stuck to it.

“She was very passionate about drama. She directed the school’s plays for many years and one or two of her pupils went on to be professionals. She did some quite ambitious things.” A teacher at New Buckenham before taking on her role at Diss Grammar School and retiring in her early 70s, Mrs Wynn Jones will be warmly remembered for her work at the school.

“That was what she was trained to do and I think she was particularly good at it,” said Mr Wynn Jones, her only son. “Her results, O Level and A level at the time, were quite remarkable.

“She taught three generations of pupils locally, and although she didn’t get about much in Diss, when she did she was always being stopped in the street by pupils or parents who remembered her teaching their daughter.”

Mrs Wynn Jones married her late husband Edward, who died at the age of 79, in 1938 after meeting him at Aberystwyth university. The couple moved to south Norfolk in 1953, where he became well known as the rector of Tivetshall and of Harleston and Redenhall.

A keen traveller, Mr Wynn Jones remembers his parents going on some rather adventurous holidays, his mother continuing to do so until the age of 97.

“When she was 90 she travelled around the world with her sister,” he said. “And I’ve got pictures of her walking on an iceberg in Greenland with my father.”

And with her son and daughter-in-law playing such a big part in Norwich City Football Club, it’s no surprise Mrs Wynn Jones was a big supporter of the team, attending games until she was 99, and even enjoying her 100th birthday party at the club.

The funeral will be held in Roydon Church on Thursday at 12.30pm.

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