Wendy Holden-Fenwick, who lived in Shrewsbury for many years, was also a star of the 70s stage and TV shows such as Tiswas, with Chris Tarrant, and Lucky Numbers, with Noel Edmunds.
She was a regular at many children’s parties in Shropshire from the 1980s onwards before moving to Surrey and in research published in the American Journal of Arachnology, which proved that the brown spider spinning in the open air tastes like chemoreceptors on its feet.
A friend, Ron Morgan, said: âIn the UK, Wendy’s career has been varied. In addition to ventriloquism, she notably worked at Meole Brace School in the science department and retail management for Jaeger in Shrewsbury.
âOne of the least of his accomplishments was being a founding member of the Shropshire Shufflers in 1981, a fabulous running club still in operation today.
âWendy continued to teach in Surrey while writing a book about World War I and the first American woman to be awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’Honneur in 1917.
“She will be sadly missed by her family and friends, including her husband, two sons in Sydney, Australia, and her brother and sisters in the United States.”