WARM tributes have been paid to an energetic pensioner described by her family as “the ultimate bundle of fun”.
Wynne Rae was a member of Springs gym in Hartlepool from the day it opened and taught yoga until she was 65.
Despite suffering a stroke last year, the grandma of four, battled back to health amazing medics.
She died on Monday, aged 85, after going into the University Hospital of Hartlepool last week for low blood pressure and sadly her health quickly faded.
Wynne, of the Hart Lane area of town, joined her first fitness class at just 15 and kept active for the rest of her life, taking up yoga, running and gymnastics.
She told the Mail in 2011: “It is a big part of who I am and I feel it has kept me young, healthy and happy.”
Her son Andrew Rae led family tributes to Wynne saying: “I know everyone’s mam is special but it is like the town has lost a big person.
“She was the ultimate bundle of fun, she was always laughing and smiling.
“She was certainly inspirational to other people.
“She was the kind of person you wanted to be around.”
In 1949, Wynne, visited Stockholm, in Sweden, for the 40th anniversary of the Lingiad gymnastic festival that saw 1,000 representatives travel from Britain.
She was one of 12 to represent the region in a team of 192 British competitors.
She married husband John at St Oswald’s Church in 1951 after they met at a Richardson and Westgarth sports club.
The couple went on to have three children, Stephen, 57, Andrew, 48, and Janet, 54.
Wynne also gave her time to help the town’s young people, volunteering at The Bridge Youth Centre in Burbank Street and Boys Welfare Club at Grayfields.
Her funeral will be held on Monday at St Oswald’s Church followed by cremation.