7:50am Friday 11th October 2013
TEACHERS at Blackheath Primary School will honour former colleague Alethea Taylor, who was murdered by her unfaithful husband, by planting a tree in her memory.
Past and present members of staff will gather in the grounds of the Britannia Road school on Monday (October 21) for the tree planting ceremony.
A new classroom, built as part of Sandwell Council’s programme to provide more places for the growing number of children in the borough, will also be named after Mrs Taylor, who worked at the school for 33 years until retiring in 2003.
School nursery nurses Sharon Bowden and Lynn Richards have used money donated at a memorial service they organsied for the much-loved teacher to buy the tree and plaque.
Friends and former workmates packed St Giles Church, Rowley Regis, for the service in June which celebrated Mrs Taylor’s life.
The 63-year-old had retired to the pretty Shropshire village of Orleton with her undertaker husband John Taylor, whom she married in 1996.
But in January 2012 he reported her missing and claimed she was suffering from dementia.
Despite extensive searches her body was never been found and six months later her 61-year-old husband was charged with her murder.
He denied killing her and disposing of her body but was jailed for 17 years after a jury at Hereford Crown Court found him guilty in April after it emerged he was having an affair.
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