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Obituaries will be added to this page once a month on the last Friday of the month. They will remain on the page for three months, and will then be removed.

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Margaret Mary Tye – SI Warrington

Our dear Soroptimist sister, Margaret Tye, passed away on 10th November 2022 at the age of 95, after a long battle with cancer. During more than 50 years with SI Warrington, Margaret presided as President four times and was an active and influential member of the club, becoming an Honorary Member in recognition of her long service.

Margaret was born in Hull on 31 May 1927. After receiving a BA in English, she became an Associate of the Library Association in 1956. In 1958 she relocated to Crewe to join the Cheshire Country Training College (later Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire Campus Library Service) as the first qualified Librarian to work on the campus as a Tutor-Librarian, when she specialised in children’s literature. She left Crewe in 1971 and became Tutor-Librarian at Padgate College of Higher Education, Warrington, Cheshire, where she immediately joined the Soroptimists.

An award-winning crafter, quilter and amateur painter, Margaret was also an acknowledged expert on Alice in Wonderland. She became heavily involved in the Daresbury Lewis Carroll Society, holding the role of Secretary and she loaned items from her impressive and comprehensive collection of Alice memorabilia to the Society’s Museum.

Amongst other aspects of her career, Margaret was a contributor to Twentieth-century Children’s Writers (London, 1978). She held the position of Chair of the Warrington Arts Council for 50 years from its founding and was an active member of the Culcheth Arts Group. Alongside all of this, she was an intrepid solo traveller around Europe, to Canada, India, Iceland, and Africa, and seized on the opportunities this gave her to network with Soroptimists wherever she went.

Margaret will be very much missed by SI Warrington’s members.

Grace Onions – SI Croydon and District

It is with great sadness we report that Grace Onions of SI Croydon and District Club passed away peacefully on 23rd September 2022 at the age of just 56.

She was a member of the Green Party and the R.H.S., she walked in stilettos for Croydon Community against Trafficking, did a 25km Thames Bridges trek to raise funds for mental health charity “Mind”, and during her two years as President of SI Croydon Club she raised funds for, and awareness of the Women’s Environmental Network and Croydon Churches’ Floating Shelter for the Homeless.

A dedicated environmentalist, she protested about Climate Change at COP22 in Glasgow.

She served as Club president for two years, 2016-2018, and was SISEE Regional President in 2021-2022.

Grace made time for everyone, shared her laughter and zest for life, she made a huge contribution in her short life. She will be missed by many.

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