THE funeral service of a popular Monmouth teacher will take place next month.

Miss Fran Jones worked at Monmouth School for Girls between 1981 and 1999 as Head of History and Head of Sixth Form.

Miss Jones, a charismatic and popular teacher during her 18 years at Monmouth, died on December 30, aged 74.

Her funeral service is being held at St Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, on Thursday, February 6 at 12.30pm.

The funeral service will be followed by a cremation at Thornhill Crematorium at 1.30pm.

Monmouth School for Girls said Ms Jones, who taught in Monmouth from 1981 until her retirement in 1999, worked tirelessly to create a happy and positive atmosphere, and was able to lighten difficult moments with humour and wisdom.

Ms Jones became head of Sixth Form at Monmouth School for Girls in 1984, and quickly gained the affection of her pupils.

“Everyone has that one teacher who inspired them and put them on the path to where they are today. I am absolutely heartbroken by the news of the death of Miss Jones,” said former Monmouth student, Vicky Breakwell.

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(Fran Jones (left) with Shelagh Salter)

Ill health forced Miss Jones to take early retirement at Monmouth in 1999 at the age of 53, but she continued to volunteer as often as she could.

Tineke Brown, another former pupil of Ms Jones’, added: “Miss Jones was one of my favourite teachers at Monmouth and was a brilliant head of Sixth Form.”