A village stalwart known for her zest for life, beaming smile and kind spirit has died after a short battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.
Val Boothman (59), of Queensway, Waddington, died suddenly but peacefully in Blackpool Victoria Hospital where she had been receiving treatment for her condition.
Born at Ribbleton, Preston, Val had moved to Waddington with her husband, David, in 1976.
She quickly settled into village life and was the driving force behind many events that brought the community together, starting with her organisation of the street party to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.
She went on to organise many village sports days and discos, and also became the first lady scorer for the village cricket team (a job that also came with the responsibility of making tea for the players).
Val, along with David plus their son and daughter, Wayne and Leanne, loved village life.
She worked at all three pubs in the village over the years, as well as the local bed and breakfast establishment and the village cafe, where she was still employed when she fell ill.
Val is survived by her husband and children plus grandchildren Vincent (5), James (4), Jessica (3) – who she referred to as her babies – and her nieces and nephews.