An extraordinary, inspirational women and everything a Mother and Grandmother should be, selfless, loving and generous. We were extremely privileged to have known her. She will be greatly missed but we will always cherish her memory.
Margaret was me and Maya's grandmother, or as she would have rather I had said
Maya and I's grandmother. She was big influence on both of our up-bringing's,
including the never ending battle to improve my grammar. From spending nearly
every school holiday with her, to helping us finance our first cars, and giving us
advice on our choice of university. She was always there for us, always dependable
and nearly always right.
She was truly an inspiration! She was living proof that being a women does not mean
certain careers are unattainable with a little hard work and determination. In 1957
she was one of eight women, in a class of 60 that graduated from the University Of
Bristol's Medical School. This was followed by 35 years faithfully serving as a GP for
Filton and north Bristol, which included a staggeringly low total of 13 days off sick.
Now in the 21st century, I am attempting to follow in her footsteps. Things may not
be quite so disproportionate for us females, but science is still very much a man's
game. But if at any times I have felt that the institution was against me, I just
remember my grandmother did it, in times of much worse discrimination. I am
incredibly proud of her, and 59 years after her graduation I will be graduating in the
same 'Great Hall' of Bristol Universities Wills memorial building, with my very own
doctorate in science. Although she won't physically be there, she will very much be in
my heart and mind, and I will always remember what a positive influence she had on
my academic career. I quite simply couldn't have done it without her.
Another quality she had in abundance was the ability to speak her mind. You always
knew where you stood with grandmother and if you wanted a truthful opinion she
was your person. Whether you liked her opinion, was another matter. I imagine that
was a highly valuable attribute when dealing with her patients but for me, her
granddaughter, it meant when she gave you a complement, it was the real thing and
it always meant a lot.
Margaret wasn't just a formidable, intelligent, independent women, she was selfless,
loving and generous; everything a grandmother should be. She loved to travel, and
Maya and I were lucky enough to be taken by her, on no less than 12 cruises. We
visited some amazing ports and had many incredible life experiences, both on board
and ashore. She spent many a day sat guarding our belongings while Maya and I
were running around a water park or on a beach. On board the ships we loved to get
dressed up and pretend to be 'all grown up' going to formal evenings. Grandmother
also had a great artistic streak when it came to designing fancy dress outfits. Maya
and I both have so many fond memories of those holidays and we will never forget
how fortunate we were to have Margaret as our grandmother.
Her other travels and generosity extended to her daughter, my mother, Cherie. The
stories of their DIY safari are really amazing, though it is wonder they ever made it
back alive. She truly has visited the four corners of this earth, from both North and
South Americas, Asia, Africa and Greenland, to even the Galapagos Islands in the
Pacific Ocean. That was her main passion, to experience the world and shares those
experiences with those she loved. She never really bragged about her adventures,
but when you did manage to get a story out of her, it was always fascinating. And of
course, when talking about her travels, I would be remiss in not mentioning her
annual three month holiday to Spain, due to her hatred of the Great British winter
Right up until the end she was strong, and always thinking of others. It was an
incredibly quick decline and even while in discomfort she was more concerned about
how easily we would be able to sell her house. We had one memorable day when we
had two carers, two nurses, one doctor and one poor builder to install new French
windows, all arrive within 30 minutes of each other. That was her though, always
organizing and always putting others first. She even planned her own funeral,
during her last weeks, so it would be easier for us, her family.
She was an extraordinary women and if I manage to lead half the life she did, and be
half the women, I'll be far more fortunate than most. She will be greatly missed, but
we will always love her and she will forever live on in our hearts.
Further regular gifts from Freya, thank you.
Kindly donated by Freya in memory of her wonderful Grandmother. Thank you for your support and for helping others.
Kind donations from Freya, a wonderful tribute.
Miss you. Love you. Always.