We are saddened to inform members of the death of Diana Williams of Worcestershire, a former England Ladies International and a great supporter of English bridge.
Diana learnt bridge early on with her parents at the Deva Bridge Club in Chester, where she later met her future husband, Arthur. Once married and moving to London, they played in Surrey, where Diana and Arthur won the counties major honours.
At Surrey Diana formed a partnership with Maureen Dennison and won many major championships, as part of the Great Britain team, including the Common Market championships in 1979 and 1981, the European championship in 1981 and the Venice Cup World Championships in 1981.
In the early 80s, Diana moved to Worcestershire and effectively retired from international bridge. However, she still won the Lady Milne with Jane Spence, amongst many Worcestershire honours.
Diana was very keen to develop bridge within the county and contributed a great deal to developing both individual players and the county teams. In the last few years, Diana devoted her spare time to founding and running a Worcestershire charity called PEAL - Parents Experiencing Adult Loss.
Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends, she will be sadly missed.
Major International Appearances
Women's European Championships: 1981* and 1983
Venice Cup: 1981*
* = 1st place
Lady Milne Trophy selections: 1983 1985 1986 and 1987