PENELOPE Jackson, charged with murdering her husband in Berrow on Saturday, was remanded in custody in her absence at Bristol Crown Court today.
Mrs Jackson failed to appear at the hearing either in person or by video link on what is her 66th birthday.
No application for bail was made and none was granted as Jackson was remanded in custody.
A plea and trial preparation hearing is now due to take place on March 19 at Bristol Crown Court.
Mrs Jackson is accused of killing David Jackson (78) at their home in Parsonage Road.
On Saturday evening police and paramedics were called to the retired couple’s bungalow where Mr Jackson died from a number of stab wounds.
Mr Jackson is believed to have been a senior officer in the Royal Logistics Corps and a former captain of Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.
Mrs Jackson, who went to Sexeys Grammar School and also studied at Weston College, used to work at the Ministry of Defence and is a former financial adviser to the UK Department for International Development.
The Daily Mail has quoted an unnamed neighbour saying: “They were the perfect neighbours.
“They were always friendly, didn’t make a lot of noise and I literally never heard a raised voice or cross word between them.
“They loved gardening and were out there night and day, working away.
“I don’t know what has happened. The first I heard was when the police and an ambulance arrived on Saturday. It is such a shame.”
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said Mr Jackson’s family have been informed and are receiving support from a specialist family liaison officer.
A police cordon remains in place and police have thanked the community for their patience while their enquiries are carried out.
The spokesperson added: “We’d urge anyone with concerns about the incident to speak with the officers in the area and they will be happy to help.
“If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5221032125.”