Win died unexpectedly at a family gathering in Ireland, on 22 May 2011.Until her death she had certainly lived a very full and energetic life, and will be hugely missed in our village.
Win and her husband Bob were delighted to move into the village in1978 and lived at Frostwood, Bell Lane. Bob, an engineer, was production manager at Anderson Springs in Wallingford, whilst Win was a secretary working for the County Council’s Youth Department. They had two daughters, Freda who lives in Australia and Ruth who is in Wales and then five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
From the start they became involved in village activities, including the campaign to save the orchard from development. Win was a very proactive member of the WI, becoming the treasurer. She baked regularly for the weekly WI market in Wallingford and took her turn on the rota to sell. She was a keen gardener, a member of WAGS and became president of the Wallingford Flower club in 1999. Win was very talented with flower arrangements and enjoyed the challenge of competitions. In her nineties, Win was the first to volunteer when a floral display was required for an area WI meeting. She joined U3A and took part in many of the activities offered by WI and Denman College. Win was involved with Age Concern, feeding information to the Villager regularly. She had been a volunteer hospital driver and had also delivered meals on wheels.
Her continued enthusiasm and willingness to engage with new people and activities left most of us breathless. She took delivery of her first computer for her 80th birthday, so that she could e-mail her daughter Freda in Australia, and followed several courses to learn more! Joining the Quilting group at its inception, in her late 80’s she made her first quilt. Weeks before she died she applied for a new passport and ordered 2012 Calendar and diary. For Win, every day was an opportunity for learning and living.
Her daughter Ruth writes: ‘One of her diaries tells me that she helped to plant a lime tree in the Millennium Wood ‘‘The diaries have been a source of inspiration and information for me. What an amazing lady!’
We would all echo this, Win was truly a village treasure and her vivacity and love of life an example to us all.
Sue Collett and Cynthia Hurley
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