On June 3rd Scarborough Old Girls Association lost a most ardent
supporter when Enid passed away, following a six month fight against cancer,
aged 73 years.
Following her education at the High School, Enid trained as a nurse
at Guys Hospital in London and nursing was the career she followed through
her working life, moving into teaching in the NHS and then setting up a
successful business which delivered training courses to the NHS.
Enid met Derek when they were both still at High School and married
in 1957. Family always came first to Enid. She took breaks out of her career
to ensure her three children had Mum at home when it mattered most, whilst
always being there to make a family home and social life with Derek.
They celebrated their Golden Wedding in November last year, with family
and close friends, shortly before her diagnosis was known. Enid was pristine
on that night. Although she had not been well for a while, she had, as
usual, directed arrangements and ensured that all who came enjoyed a memorable
During her working life, and with the family growing up, ‘home’ was
around London, convenient for work but far enough away for a great enjoyment
of rural life, especially cricket, where she supported Derek and made many
friends at local matches on perfect summer days. Retirement saw them settling
in Sheffield for the summers, handy for the family, which had grown to
include 6 grandchildren, and in their beloved Spanish villa during the
English winter. Scarborough remained though, a very special place.
Enid was a successful business woman and a loving wife and mother, fluent
in French and Spanish. She had an amazing memory for facts, people and
places, and a wonderful sense of humour. A friend to Enid was a friend
for life. Good friends were cherished and valued. She remembered birthdays
and anniversaries and treasured everything which reflected the values in
her life. She would hold a conversation with people poles apart and show
the same genuine enthusiasm and interest, and give both equal importance.
Always thinking about others, she did her best to protect everyone close
to her, even in the darkest days of her illness.
Enid will be sadly missed, but will be best remembered for her demeanour
and lovely smile. I am proud to say she was my big sister.
Can I say that the gesture of donating the profit from the AGM Quiz
to St Luke's Hospice was very thoughtful and most appropriate. Enid
was a most enthusiastic supporter of the Quiz - she enjoyed it so much
and took it very seriously - emailing the family with the handful of answers
she couldn't immediately complete (as if we would know!), although she
always had possible answers in mind. I'm sure she would have been greatly
honoured by this gesture. St Luke's Hospice was a place of great comfort
and support to Enid and her family over the last two weeks of her life,
and deserve all the support we can give them.
Wendy Colley (nee Carter)