Margaret Waldron taught at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Madeley from when it opened in 1969 until her retirement.
Mrs Waldron, 92, lived in Shifnal and was very involved with the local catholic church and the town's Live at Home Scheme.
Originally from Middlesborough and born on August 21, 1923, the eighth of nine children, she first started studying teaching in Manchester just after the start of the Second World War.
Her eldest son, Michael, said: "During that time they were short of teachers so she started studying at a young age."
After qualifying she taught in Middlesborough and married husband John in 1953.
She briefly gave up teaching to raise the couple's four children, Michael, Bernard, Peter and Helen. The family moved to Shropshire when John, also a teacher, was given a post at the Wolverhampton teacher training school.
The family settled in Shifnal, where Mrs Waldron lived until she died on December 26.
As her children grew up, Mrs Waldron began teaching again, at St Andrews School on Park Street in Shifnal and Shifnal Primary School on Curriers Lane. She then moved to St Mary's when it opened and stayed there until 1982.
Mr Waldron, 60, a retired IT manager, said: "She was our mother, she always looked after us, family was the biggest part of her life.
"She was a caring and loving mother."
Mrs Waldron was an active member of the church community and regularly took part in fundraising events as well as joining with the Churches Together programme.
She also helped with the town's live at home scheme until she was well into her 80s.
Mrs Waldron was also a grandmother to Christopher, Alexandra, Connor, Laurence, Keelan, Carrick, Joe and Shona.