She devoted her life the villagers of Terrington St John and on Saturday a little piece of the village was forever dedicated to her.
Pam Hardy served as a parish councillor for 30 years in the village and so on Saturday a bench was unveiled in her honour on the Main Road in the village, just next to the village sign.
It was fitting then that the plaque on the bench merely read, “In memory of Pam Hardy, Parish Councillor for Terrington St John”.
Dozens of villagers turned out on Saturday morning to see the ribbon on the bench cut by her sister Joan, and pay their own tribute to a woman described as “the matriarch of the village”.
Pam joined the parish council in 1984 and was chairwoman from 1987 until 2014 – a year before her death at the age of 78.
Born in the village, the daughter of smallholders, she went to Terrington St John Primary School before attending high school in Lynn.
It was in Lynn that she met her husband Maurice, at the Mart, and they married in Terrington St John Church in 1956.
Maurice, a railway signalman, and Pam, a nurse who later also worked for Marks and Spencer, were to live at York Row for the rest of their married lives.
Before the ribbon was cut, fellow councillor Ian Pattingale said that Pam was dedicated to the village.
“She was a true local and woe betide anyone who said anything against the village,” he said.
“Her great passion for caring for this village started when she became parish councillor, which was well over 30 years.
“Pam knew most people in the village by name and they knew her and Maurice. She was there to give them help and advice whenever she could.
“She was a true matriarch of the village. I hope by dedicating this seat in her memory her work will not be forgotten by the future generations to allow them to follow in her footsteps.”
He said she had worked “tirelessly” to retain the facilities needed to keep a village vibrant.
A eulogy by Rev Martin Dale said that Pam had been involved in setting up a bingo session in the old church hall and that recently she fought very hard to keep the doctors’ surgery and the chemists in Terrington St John.
“Pam will be missed by her family and friends alike,” said Rev Dale.