We said our last goodbyes to Elisabeth Matell
at the Service of Celebration for her life
on Thursday 22nd November at Cheltenham Cemetery & Crematorium.
The Revd Mike Rogers, the vicar from Berrow, took the service.
Lynn Ward held her Norfolk, Poppy, in her arms when she read
the words from Isaiah chapter 11: verses 1 to 9, and spoke about Elisabeth.
There were at least three other Norfolks present in the chapel.
Further moving tributes followed from Kenneth Eliasson and Andrew Brace.
Processional music was 'Elizabethan Serenade’ and Music for reflection, 'Time to Say Goodbye',
was sung by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman,
during a quiet period when we all thought about Elisabeth.
We went out to the strains of the music ‘Theme from The Archers’ (which she listened to regularly).
The only hymn was Jerusalem.
It was a simple service and the chapel was packed with many people having to stand.
Afterwards we met for light refreshments at the Royal Oak pub Prestbury.
Donations to Rottweiler Welfare can be sent to funeral director Malcolm Presland,
19 High Street, Upton-on-Severn, Worcs WR8 0HJ.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of
on October 13th at home at Standhall Cottage. She was a unique forceful personality and Norfolk Terriers were her life. Passionate about the breed, very warm-hearted, fantastically generous, highly articulate, although Swedish was her first language, she wrote and spoke better English than most of us born here with a depth of knowledge and good sense which she put to good use in her superb productions of the Club Handbooks and Newsletters as well as her Breed Notes in Dog World. Internationally she was a very successful breeder of many champions and with friends throughout the world, and reached the pinnacle of achievement by breeding and co-owning the best in show winner at Crufts in 2005. It was a privilege to have known her. She was just Elisabeth and will be impossible to replace.
If every breed had the same sort of support and time that Elisabeth Matell gave to Norfolk Terriers, then they would indeed be richly looked after. Her first loyalty was undoubtedly to the parent club, The Norfolk Terrier Club of Great Britain but once she recognised that our club, The Midland Counties Norfolk Terrier Association, was an inevitability, she gave us her help and encouragement. Indeed at our first championship show in 2010 she was the first BOS winner with her Ch Cantab Winning Ways of Cracknor (AKA Elvis).
The Swedish Norfolk Terrier Club is mourning Elisabeth Matell – its one and only member of honour!
The Board of Svenska Norfolkterrierklubben.
Hanne Tangenes, Breed Representative for Norfolk Terrier, The Norwegian Terrier Club
It was with shock we received the news of Elisabeth Matell's sudden passing. Her death leaves a great void, which will be hard to fill.
Lucas Terrier Club
On behalf of the Lucas Terrier Club I would like to send our sincere condolences to all those close to Elisabeth. Without her tireless efforts to breed wonderful Norfolk's we would not have the Lucas Terriers that we all treasure and value so highly today.
Tributes to Elisabeth Matell
Marita and Kenneth and the Cantab Norfolks in Sweden
Linda Lyons Rynkowski, Laughing Lyons Norfolk Terriers
Andrew Brace There are few people who are truly blessed with the gift of being able to enrich those around them just by being in their company. Elisabeth was such a person. She was unique and I will miss her great wit and generosity of spirit.
When I spoke to Rebecca earlier she said - "I was staying here a few days and Peter (Green) was in the UK for a whole week ... we were meant to be here." This made my spine tingle and emphasise my ideas on destiny, fate etc. But let's look at it from Elisabeth's angle ... she had spent a weekend entertaining friends she adored (Peter was her GOD!), woke up and it was decreed that she would never have to battle with crippling disease and that she would be taken from us when she was still as bubbly and wonderful as ever. And God Bless Joy Taylor whose generosity allowed Elisabeth to end her life living her dream in her own personal Norfolk Nirvana. Today both Elisabeth and Joy left us forever. We were blessed to have known them.
Frauke Hinsch It feels like a bad dream, just unbelievable. Elisabeth has been a friend ever since I got Tubby, Cracknor Candidate from her. I am grateful that our lives have touched. She was such a character. You were known to be late, Elisabeth, why did you leave so early? I'll miss you terribly.
Monica Lindsjö, Sweden
Rebecca Agronius October 14. A beautiful sunny day today at Standhall Cottage. We do not know exactly what caused Elisabeth's death. We found her by her bed. We will hopefully know more later in the week. All the dogs are doing very well and the young puppy, Joy, keeps a smile on our faces. Dogs have that wonderful effect on people. Elisabeth had many friends and reading all the kind words you write about her is so touching but also starting to make me realise this has really happened. But don't forget to keep your grammar correct (language was very important to her! :-)) Her closest friends will now be working with her last wishes and more information will follow. Thank you everyone for your support for the truly wonderfully unique Elisabeth of Cracknor Norfolk Terriers. / Rebecca, forever grateful for having been a small part of her rich life.
Bryan and Marilyn Claydon What A shock to hear of the death of Elisabeth Mattell,to think we were laughing and joking together at the Club Show just two weeks ago and she seemed in such high spirits.She will be sadly missed for her enthusiasm and energy for life, and her Norfolks,and I find it hard to believe that we will not see her again.
Inger Lundström, Sweden.The world of Norfolk Terriers has lost a lovely person far too early...
Rita Mitchell Can't believe the sad news of Elisabeth, she will be so missed with her character as large as life and her enthusiasm for the Breed. I am so glad to have had a friendship with her and will remember the many laughs we had together and how her 'Paradise' was always open to everyone, R I P Elisabeth.
Garry Mason What terrible sad news, it’s hard to believe we have lost Elisabeth. A great loss for Norfolks and all who knew and loved her.
Karen Hurrion Just got home to find out the devastating news that Elisabeth has passed away. Words cannot describe how much the world of Norfolk Terriers owes this unique lady with the most amazing generous personality, she will be very sadly missed by many. R I P. Elisabeth xx
Andre Hess I saw Elisabeth just yesterday. She had come to see me with Roxy, and arrived late as usual, but cheerful and chatty. I operated on Roxy more-or-less straight away, and both left smiling. Phoned her in the evening to check that all is well ... and it was. She was making her pasta salad and told me what a lovely, but busy, few days she had had with her American visitors and then Rebecca Agronius. I am completely shocked and cannot really believe it.
Rebecca Rhodes Shocked and so sad. R I P Elisabeth
Maureen Chambers I will miss Elisabeth dearly, she was always smiling whenever you saw her, rushing in late to the show, memories I will treasure forever.
Zoe Wilding so sad R I P Elisabeth
Hilde Grau What a shock. So sad. R I P Elisabeth.
Tan Nagrecha Elisabeth, not only did you give me loads to review in my thoughts about the Norfolk and the Norwich , but I learnt from you was to have confidence in my own beliefs .. I thank you for that strong lady who I will always respect. R I P The world of Norfolks has truly lost a true friend.
Karlynne Sellstrome Elisabeth, Always full of fun. The help you gave will not be forgotten. A good person & good friend. Supporting all that was right in our world. I will miss your e.mails.Taken too soon, you will be missed by many. R I P. My thoughts to all family & friends.
Anna-Lena Munkvall It's a shock for all of us all around the world!!! We will all miss you deeply! R I P Elisabeth!!!
Ian Gabriel Miss you Elisabeth. Shows will be quieter but much less fun. I'm glad we were friends and I'm glad I was there to see your face each time Betty won. Catch you soon Elisabeth .... Can you get me a terrier appointment for when I arrive xx
Irene Samuelsson So sad! She’ll be missed!
Hans Dagerteg DU är rosen, jag är törnet,
Terry Cooper A very forthright & vibrant character whom I first met some thirtyfive years ago when we both showed English setters. She will leave a big gap in the dog world. R I P .
Lesley Harpham I can't believe this…utter shock and devastation to hear this news. Amazing lady with such a passion. Me and Petey will miss you. We shared words and laughs and most importantly friendship, you shared "paradise" with us all ....Crufts 2005 was the year none of us will forget with Coco going BIS, it was an honour to stand with her....We will miss you, you were unique and one of a kind. I hope Paradise stays with you. xxx R I P Elisabeth
Ruth Gee Just got up and still can't believe what has happened she touched so many hearts with her vibrant character and welcoming smile so very sad, she certainly will be missed by many people all around the world, How very very sad we have all lost such a truly unique lady who inspired us all. You may be Gone but you will never be forgotten, we will all miss you so much Elisabeth, The Norfolk world will certainly not be the same without you, R I P. X
Linda Philip A sad loss for the Norfolk world - so very very sad I hope when we recover from the shock and sadness of Elisabeth's passing we remember the joy she got from celebrations and the gathering of friends -whether it was a picnic at the shows, or a meal at Standhall Cottage after the show of the day, or the anticipation of the 2014 celebrations. She once told me that listening to the buzz of friends chatting and laughing at her Cottage was just the best thing. In time lets celebrate her love of Norfolks and friends together.
Di Johnson We loved Elisabeth and are so sad.
Dorothy Taylor I grieve the loss of a very dear friend. No one will ever quite take her place. If there is a heaven I trust Elisabeth is now cuddling Betty and Coco in front of a good fire with a glass of decent red in her hand and a box of chocs beside her. What a sad day!
Inger Lundström Clever, intelligent, artistic and humorous, devoted to our lovely breed...so I always will remember Elisabeth
Elizabeth Tobin. Lexington-Fayette, KY At this time, I would like to say a few words about Elisabeth. Forever kind and charasmatic, but never at a loss for words, Elisabeth loved dogs, (and all animals in general). A breeder at heart, she always made time to look and appreciate a good dog, no matter what the breed. Her untimely passing should be a reminder to us all, to continue looking to the future, but also to live each day to its fullest, one day at a time. Rest in peace, Elisabeth. You will be missed.
Letisha Wubbel Friday you were here showing us your new wallpaper worried about "joy" eating Peter’s Hermes cap........Saturday you are still here in a different way playing with the lights.... We love you and miss you (all the dogs got extra treats tonight:)
Michael Weatherill So glad you enjoyed my silly Norfolks at Downton and the others, I hope they brought a smile to your face...I will miss you forthright and camp comments . R I P Elisabeth. Larger than life. Sleep tight and sort them Norfolks out over the bridge. Xxx
Juliet Knight Oh no. I am so shocked and devastated....she was a wonderful wonderful lady. With Coco and her beloved Joy again... bless her xox
Cathy Morgan Such a shock and so unexpected from someone so full of life and enthusiasm. We often disagreed but frequently agreed and grudges were never held. The Norfolk world will never be quite the same without Elisabeth, a true larger than life character and Norfolk lover. She was always so lovely with my daughter Hannah. She has all Hannah's photos up in the living room and sent lovely little presents at Christmas, Easter and on her birthday. She was always disappointed if Hannah wasn’t at a show with me. When we went back to Standhall Cottage after 3 Counties or WELKS she made a point of taking Hannah up to see the Chickens, despite having so many guests to look after. Shows will definitely never be the same again. I remember being so surprised and touched when Elisabeth gave Belleville Sweet Nothings BOB and BP at Crufts as she also gave me a beautifully presented bottle of champagne too. It was a lovely touch that very few judges would do and made the occasion even more special than it already was.
Andrew Green Such a shock, hard to comprehend.
Sharon Pinkerton I have just heard the very sad news whilst at the hotel. I am truly shocked that such a wonderful, genuine lady has gone far too soon. Such a great help to me when I first started to work at Dog World and many others along the way. R I P Elisabeth - God bless. My condolences to the family and to Rebecca who was with her xx
Debbie Mounfield The Norfolk and dog world will never be quite the same. So shocked and saddened about the sad news! You were a wonderful lady and welcomed me into the Norfolk terrier breed world! And into your home for wonderful lunches. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten and your legacy is the beautiful Norfolk terriers left behind. Rest in peace x x
Hanne Tangenes How sad I feel that such a great lady has passed on from this world... there are few like Elisabeth around now, she will be sorely missed. A very sad loss to us and the Norfolk Terrier world.
Maxine McCullough Such terribly sad news Elisabeth, I cannot believe the news, you were such a great lady and lived for your dogs, you will be so greatly missed by all who knew you :-(((( R I P xxx
Liz Dunhill I just cannot believe you are gone god bless xxxxxxxxx
Lisa Winstanley Your in our hearts forever and you will live on through Shankly our beautiful Norfolk Fluff that you brought in to the world on the 08.08.08 R I P xxxxxxxxxxx
Lisa Winstanley We had a couple of wonderful days there with Elisabeth, once when buying our Shankly and again when we visited her. Please whoever has Smartie keep me updated on her as she is my Shankly’s birth mother. xxxxx
Peter Baxter I am so sad to hear this awful news, Elisabeth was such a lovely lady, so kind and generous with her time, Windsor show will never be the same again without her presence and enthusiasm for her beloved breed. R I P Elisabeth.
Margaret Ruffles Dear Elisabeth, there will never be another you. We miss you already. Margaret and Den
Ingrid McLagan That is very sad news. Elisabeth will be missed by all Norfolk lovers. Rest in peace.
Ulla Grönlund So sad she was one of the nicest and friendliest dog people I know.
Kristy Bello Herrera Such a character! I'm glad that I got the chance to meet you. You shared stories about your life, dogs and fun memories. You taught me how to make a cup of tea and told me that she would make a real English Lady out of me, ha ha! The last thing you, me and Rebecca did together was to look at pictures of Norfolks with celebrities at the computer. Who could ever guess that that was going to be out last moment? The time I spent at the Standhall Cottage was fun. Thank you Elisabeth for everything, may you rest in peace.
Sandra Wellner A great loss for the Norfolk world... R I P
Anita Lidèn R I P Elisabeth
Anna-Karin Gagnemyr So sad news. R I P Elisabeth
Jutta Langefeld I´m so sad. A great personality has gone. It’s an enormous loss for the Norfolk people.
Christine Hitchen What a terrible terrible shock!!
Katri Haavisto Oh no, how sad
Rachel Leeson So sad. She was a lovely lady. Another loss to the world of dogs.
Barbro Maria Karlsson Oh no. What terrible news, so sad.
Anne Johnsen This is so sad. She was so important for the breed, and for me. I will miss her forever.
Ingunn Olaussen Oh no
Edwin Morgan just heard - phone has not stopped ringing the last 10 minutes.. what sad news -
Mia Severinsson ....omg So sad to hear this....
Ira Karvo so sad news..I don't want to believe it
Liz Botterill Such sad, sad news :((
Åsa Geijer I can't believe it we will miss her a lot R I P
Derek Glas Wow, such sad news.
Andrea Smith Tragic news, a truly wonderful lady, such a great loss to us all and the Norfolk Terrier World. Sleep tight Elisabeth and god bless xx
Fiona Macartney Can't believe it. Very sad.
Anne Johnsen, Norway I will always miss you, Elisabeth Matell. You were the most generous and enthusiastic person that I have ever met in the dog-world. For me your inspiration and support had such a big value. Nobody can replace it. Thank you for all that you gave to me and for all you gave to the breed I love.
Lisbet Tandefelt I did not know Elisabeth Matell personally, but as a long time Norfolk enthusiast I of course knew of her, and certainly of her beautiful dogs. And we shared some mutual friends. This is a great loss to all her friends all over the world. It is also a great loss to the Norfolk terrier.
Päivi Reijonen I am so very sorry to hear this. Strength to her loved ones in their great sorrow.
Carolyn Fry Such a sad loss...
Isabelle Nicol Such beautiful dogs from a beautiful lady. She will be so missed by all.
Gavin Robertson A really lovely lady, true dog lover, great breeder and always had time to speak to others Will be missed by many x
Nikolas Kanales My deepest condolences to all her close ones! It is indeed a great loss to the whole fancy...
Billy Henderson The dog world has lost another True dog person. R I P Elisabeth.
Robert Paust If you knew her, you know what we all are saying about this great lady. If you did not know her then you missed a chance to know this great dog lady.
Hans Lehtinen & Johan Juslin Elisabeth, we will miss you so much.
Rosa and Bengt Thulin-Krebs. Kennel CH Roughrider Schweiz. Tack Elisabeth! för alla härliga hundar vi har haft genom dig. Tack för vänskap, råd och hjälp under 37 år. Vila i ro!
Martin Phillips I have just returned from Judging in South Africa and shocked to hear the sad news of Elisabeth's passing. A great character, breeder and true guardian of our lovely breed. I will miss my sparring partner, RIP Martin.
Andrew Gullick On my return from my trip to Montgomery I was saddened to learn the loss of such a strong character who by her own virtues commanded such respect from those around her. I will miss our debates and her wit. RIP Andrew.
Claire Achenbach I am terrible shocked and sad, could not believe it, but you were such a love to run to where I was at the championship show 15 days ago to correct my awful trimming of my little bitch and you even helped me in the ring. You were always there to help, and now having your dog Cracknor Crossword at home and his daughter and his son, seeing them will make me think of you daily. I know you can see us all from where you are.
Keith & Cheryl Jones Thank you for being so kind to my wife and I when we lost our little Norfolk. So very sad that we shall not meet again on this earth.
Gilean White, Vicbrita Maltese and Norfolk Terriers
Susan and Steve Walker We will always be grateful to Elisabeth for the beautiful gifts she gave us. It is so sad to lose her, and such a loss to the Norfolk Terrier community.
Geoff Corish The wonderful Standhall Cottage, my dream home and somewhere where we all had great times. My room was always the one on the left hand side overlooking the beautiful countryside and the lovely peaceful church where Joy is buried. I still can't take it in. Elisabeth was so happy there and continued the Nanfan story. Elisabeth was unique and if anyone was in trouble she would be the first to offer help.
David Guy So sorry. Elisabeth was one of the best!
Amanda Carter You will be missed by all who knew you. Gone but never forgotten. Sleep well Angel x
Susann Bjorkfall, Sweden Dear Elisabeth, my guru.
The following tribute to Elisabeth Matell has already been published in Dog World.
Beverley Watkins. Norwich Terrier Breed Notes, also first published in Dog World.
She will be remembered for many things. One which sticks in my mind is how to spell her name – she was annoyed when anyone spelt her name with a ‘z’, as in our Queen. She always used to say ‘there is no ‘z’ in Swedish’. Elisabeth bred many nice Norfolks over the years but the two most famous are of course Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre (Coco), Best in Show at Crufts 2005 and Ch. Cracknor Call My Bluff (Betty) winner of 27 CCs (the breed record) and the first Norfolk to win an all-breed Championship Show Best in Show. Elisabeth spent hours in her little Polo car going up and down the country from her home in Ashford Kent to campaign Betty. She was well known for her organisation and ideas for events, from the very successful Millennium Show, the 2007 joint anniversary show to her strawberries and cream parties at Windsor Championship Show. She had been newsletter editor and handbook editor for the Norfolk Terrier Club for many years and was also a very active committee member. When Joy Taylor (Nanfan Norfolks) passed away Elisabeth was very lucky to be able to live at Standhall Cottage near Malvern. She knew she was lucky and when she and I corresponded by e-mail I would give her a weather forecast from Essex and she would let me have one from Paradise which is she called Standhall Cottage – she was obviously very happy there.
Elisabeth will be a very hard act to follow and her enthusiasm for the handbook and newsletter will be difficult to replace.
Michael Bellamy. Photo with three puppies.
Ruth Corkhill. Two weeks after the shocking news of Elisabeth’s sudden death & I still cannot get my head around this fact – & can’t believe it’s really true. She was such a strong & lively character wherever she went. I value her friendship & wonderful enthusiasm, hard work & support for the planning & running of the joint Norfolk & Norwich 75th celebrations in 2007. I truly could not have kept up the momentum required without her – we had many a late night phone discussion & even later email exchanges, not to mention a whirlwind trip down to Kent to visit the rosette workshop. She had a constant stream of ideas, most of which came to fruition. We had some fun subcommittee meetings in “Paradise” enjoying her renowned hospitality & tasty food.
David Ridout and Judith McHugh We will always be grateful to Elisabeth for her kind words and support when our precious Norfolk, Blossom, passed away in April 2010. At that time we wanted to put a small memorial in the club newsletter for Blossom and so we contacted Elisabeth. She was really so very helpful and ensured that our tribute to Blossom was published. It was a real shock to see the announcement of such sad news about Elisabeth on the Club website.
David and Lucinda de Winton and Bertie We are very very saddened by the loss of Elisabeth Matell, we met her in January and also in Feburary. We have one of her dogs Cracknor Clapton (Bertie), his father was Elvis. We adore our dog, who is happy, full of life and loves people and dogs alike just like Elisabeth. May she rest in peace.