Former Woking councillor Margaret Marshall dies

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By mattcollison | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 21:00

A FORMER Chairman of Woking Urban District Council Margaret Marshall passed away over the weekend. 

Woking Borough Council's flag was being flown at half-mast today as a mark of respect to the former Conservative councillor.

Mrs Marshall served as Chairman of Woking Urban District Council from 1970 to 1971 and as Ward Councillor for Byfleet for nine years. 

Elected in 1965, she took an active role in the day-to-day running of the Urban District Council, serving on many committees, including Health and Housing, Selection, Education and Local Government Reorganisation.

She also served as a County Councillor, representing Woking East from 1967 to 1981.

After moving to Runnymede, Mrs Marshall continued her keen interest in local politics, becoming a Ward Councillor at Runnymede Borough Council from 1983 to 1995. She also served as Mayor of Runnymede between 1991 and 1992.

Cllr Michael Smith, Mayor of Woking, said: "I was saddened to learn of the passing of Biddy Marshall, as she was affectionately known. I got to know Biddy well whilst I lived in Pyrford. She was a County Councillor for many years and chaired the Education Committee during the difficult years when Grammar schools were directed to close by the then Government. On behalf of the Borough Council, I would like to pass on our condolences to Biddy's family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her."

The funeral service will be held at 2.45pm, Tuesday February 19 at Woking Crematorium. The family have requested family flowers only. If anyone wishes to make a donation to Woking Homes, please send cheques made payable to 'Woking Homes' and send them c/o Lodge Brothers, Unit 2 Technology House, 48-54 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6LE, or call 01483 768942.

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