TRIBUTES have been paid to a championship winning Jack Russell breeder from Duncote who died following a car crash on the A5 last week.
74-year-old Georgina Linford, (known as Mary) died following the accident near the Duncote turn just after 9pm on Thursday, October 20.
Her husband Bill said his wife lived for her dogs, and at one point owned 15 Jack Russells.
Mr Linford is now comforted by Jack Russell Pinky who was in the car with Mrs Linford when she had the accident.
The 94-year-old said his wife was ‘perfect’ and added: “She was the best cook, her rhubarb tarts were something. She was one of the best, she always looked after me, she never went out unless we went out together and we used to go to a lot of dog show all over the place.”
Neighbours described the couple as simple living, independent country people, who were closely involved with the Grafton and Pytchley Hunts and point-to-point racing.
Mr Linford was once the game keeper to Earl Spencer at Althorpe House and the couple attended the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana. They went on to receive a Christmas card signed by the royal couple every year.
Neighbours Davida and Roy Butlin were witness at the couples wedding 29 years ago at Brackley register office.
Mrs Butlin said: “Her whole life was her dogs, hunting and country life, but they very much kept themselves to themselves.”
Mrs Linford died after the Suzuki Vitara she was driving was involved in a collision with a Mini Cooper travelling north along the A5. She received serious injuries and died at Northampton General Hospital the next day. There were no serious injuries to the four occupants of the Mini Cooper.
Witnesses should call Northants police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111