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Family pays tribute to ‘devoted’ grandmother Ruby Wilson, 94, after care home stabbing

PUBLISHED: 14:12 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 04 December 2017

Ruby Wilson, 94, died on Wednesday, November 29.

Ruby Wilson, 94, died on Wednesday, November 29.

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The 94-year-old woman who died after she was stabbed in the neck at her care home has been described as a loving mother and grandmother.

Ruby Wilson, 94, died at Forest Place Nursing Home in Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, on Wednesday, November 29.

Reported locally as her grandson, Antony Jennings, 32, of Clinton Crescent, Ilford, has been charged with murder.

He appeared at Chelsmford Crown Court on Monday.

On Friday, Ruby’s family paid tribute, saying that she “always had a song to sing.”

Her family said: “As a family we loved Ruby, who will be remembered for her creativity and love for crocheting, dressmaking and bingo.

“She always brought the family together and loved spending time with her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

“She was together with her husband Leslie for 75 years and always had a song to sing for every occasion.

“She will be dearly missed by all of us, her loving family.”

Essex Police were called to the scene at 1.20pm on Wednesday afternoon after staff raised the alarm.

But Mrs Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as an incised wound to the neck.

In a statement published to their website, Jay Patel, managing Director of Abbey Total Care Group, which runs the care home, said staff had been deeply affected.

He said: “First and foremost, the management and staff of Abbey Total Care Group would like to express their sympathies and send condolences to the family and friends of Ruby Wilson, a much-loved resident of our Forest Place Nursing Home.

“Ruby died following a tragic incident at the home on Wednesday 29th November.

“All our staff, especially those directly involved with the day-to-day care of Ruby, have been deeply affected by her death and this tragic loss. All those who knew this special lady will miss her greatly.”

He added: “This has been a traumatic experience for us all at Forest Place Nursing Home.

“We are working to support all of our staff, and in conjunction with Essex County Council, counselling has been arranged for any resident, family member or any staff member who wants this service.

“The home is also grateful to St John’s Church, Buckhurst Hill, for all of its support.”

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