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Vicki Watkins – SI Bilston and District
Vicki Watkins joined SI Bilston & District in 2003 immediately becoming a committed member. Although she didn’t wish to take office Vicki was always present at club events and her contribution to any catering was superb. She seldom missed a Region Meeting and always joined the Bilston group at Federation Conference, enjoying meeting members from other clubs and being involved in international Soroptimism. The last few years Vicki suffered much ill health but never grumbled. She will be sadly missed.
Marion Griffiths – SI Stourbridge and District
Stourbridge and District Soroptimists were very sad to learn of the death on 17th March of their oldest member, Marion Griffiths, Honorary for some years now, having moved to Gwastad Hall Nursing Home near Wrexham in 2017. She was 99, and in anticipated celebration of her Centenary in the same year as Soroptimist International, the first of our 100 trees to be planted this Soroptimist Centenary year, a tulip chosen by Marion and her family, had already been established in the garden at Gwastad Hall. Marion was a long-serving Soroptimist, and was presented with her 50 year certificate in 2019. She had been Head of Midwifery Services at Wordsley Hospital and a much loved friend in her Soroptimist Club. She was Club President 1977-1978, and completed her entry in our 60th Club anniversary booklet in 2007 with the words: “My happiest years in Soroptimism have been in witnessing our rebirth.” On the morning of her funeral on the 26th at Northrop Crematorium, Club members gathered on Zoom to recall their special memories of Marion, who was a tremendous support to all, and personified the welcoming nature of our Club. We particularly recalled the Fergusons’ garden party when Marion reached 90, and her appreciation of that day. We were grateful to Soroptimists living near to Wrexham who visited Marion to help her settle in when she first moved. She would have been very proud to know that her Soroptimist Club has recently in 2021, with local organisation partners, achieved Toilet Twinning Town status for Stourbridge. Thoughtful as ever for Soroptimist charities, donations in her memory are invited for Mary Stevens Hospice, Water Aid, Worcester Wildlife Trust and Age UK. The Music Suite to ‘Call the Midwife’ was most appropriate after her committal. There will be many local people who will have been delivered into this world by Marion Griffiths and her Team, and may wish to remember her, and wish her rest in peace.
Soroptimist International is the most extensive women’s service organisation in the world, working to improve the lives of women and girls by educational, empowering and enabling opportunities. With a seat at the UN, members have recently been attending the virtual 65th Commission on the Status of Women, aimed at ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision making in public life, as well as elimination of violence against women, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.’
Brenda Guise – SI Worcester and District
Brenda joined Worcester and Malvern Club in 1980.
She and her husband, John, were chemists and had their own business in Malvern Link that is till open to this day.
They lived in Leigh, a small village that shares a parish council with Bransford for many years.
They had four children, fourteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
In the early days of her life in Leigh Brenda and her husband were involved in various activities in the village and her husband served in Leigh Church.
Brenda died peacefully at home on the 26th March 2021.
During the time I have known her she was a loyal Soroptimist, quiet and unassuming but with a keen sense of humour. Brenda attended meetings and supported all club activities whenever she could.
Brenda was a great believer in everything Soroptimist International stands for especially the rights of women and girls.
She will sadly missed by all her friends at SI Worcester and District Club.
Noreen Yule – SI Runcorn, Frodsham and District
SI Runcorn, Frodsham &District are very sad to announce the death of Noreen Yule on 23rd January. Noreen was born and brought up in the North East of England where she also met and married Walter her long time ‘Soroptimister’ of 60 years. Noreen trained as a teacher and this remained her career for all her working life.
In the early 1970’s the family moved to Runcorn where they brought up their family and involved themselves in Runcorn life and Noreen became a member of Soroptimist International.
Noreen was a Club member for 35 years. She loved being a Soroptimist and was a wonderful support and an encouragement to so many in the Club and the Region, she served the club in many roles including Club President several times and in 1999 – 2000 was Region President. Noreen was a great organiser and her fundraising events for club projects were legendry. If you were to ask Noreen what was the best part of being a Soroptimist she would say ‘the friendship’ which both she and Walter valued greatly.
Being a Soroptimist was a huge part of Noreen’s life and of who she was. For this reason, her family made the decision to ask for donations in her memory to be made to the Diamond Education Grant. The club were so pleased to hear recently that £2,500.00 was raised in her memory – a wonderful tribute to Noreen.