LISA Owen the daughter of Fenland Councillor Kit Owen has died at the age of 42.
Her grieving father was told the news whilst on holiday in Texas, America, where he had been staying with his son Jonathan and his family.
Kit had been in the States over Christmas and New Year and flew home on Friday.
He explained Lisa had apparently complained of feeling ill and had laid on the sofa for a nap while her nine-year-old son Oliver and his friend played in his bedroom at her home in Wisbech St Mary last Monday..
The youngsters called for help when they realised something was seriously wrong.
They called the friend’s mother who in turn called paramedics, but sadly Lisa was already dead.
Kit said a post mortem had failed to ascertain a cause of death and they were now awaiting the results of further tests.
Paying tribute to his daughter Kit said the former naval nurse had touched many people’s lives during her nursing career, which also included time on cruise ships after she left the navy.
“There are hundreds of messages on her Facebook account from people she had helped, including many whose lives she saved. I never realised until now just what an important role she had played in helping people,” said Kit, whose wife Beverly died two-and-a-half-years ago.
Lisa was educated at Dartford Road Infants, Westwood Junior School and then Hereward School for Girls and Neale-Wade School in March.
After leaving school she went to work at Stead and Simpson shoe shop in March alongside her mum Beverly.
She later went to work at Woolworth’s in Peterborough and then in the March branch before deciding to join the Royal Navy.
She became a Petty Officer with the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service and served in the navy for 18 years, before being medically discharged due to back problems in 2006.
Lisa took her skills back to sea by joining cruise ships as a nursing officer and she regularly sailed to Alaska and the Caribbean.
Kit said: “She was an extremely skilled nurse and regularly ran paramedic training, first aid training, nursing training and also carried out some private nursing looking after people at home.”
Lisa’s main passion in life was photography and she had built up a huge portfolio of wildlife images captured on her trips to Alaska and elsewhere.
She was working on a calendar for Wisbech St Mary parish church at the time of her death.
Her funeral will be held next Friday (January 21) at 1.45pm at March St Peter’s Church followed by cremation at Fenland Crematorium at 3pm.