A Catey award-winning caterer, who was made an MBE for her work in the industry, has died.
Sheila Mitchell, from Surbiton in Surrey, died on Monday aged 80 after a short illness.
She also opened staff catering facilities at pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Winthrop and by the time of her retirement in 1988 had taken on the role of group services controller.
She was richly rewarded for her long career, having won a Catey for Foodservice Caterer of the Year in 1986, given Freeman of the City in London in 1996, and received an MBE in 1988. She was a member of the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) for over 50 years. ACE chair Jeni Edwards told Surbiton local paper the http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/10708133.Award_winning_Surbiton_caterer_and_school_governor_dies_aged_80/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Surrey Comet that she "saluted" Sheila's achievements and would "pay tribute" to her at their next event.
Sheila was also involved in her local community, as chair of the board of governors of Maple Infants, Surbiton.