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The Oxhill News

April 2009

This months News



Eve Ann Betty Whaley

1928 2009

She was the adored only daughter of Ted and Betty Deacon. Raised in an old farm house in Halstead, Eve never tolerated Essex girl jokes.

Eve had a most enjoyable early adulthood with a prolonged sojourn in Kenya that she remembered for the rest of her life.  Eve also enjoyed introducing her younger cousin and much loved god-daughter Finola to cultural activities in London.

It was in London that she met David, and for the next 47 years her life was defined by her loyalty and devotion to him.  They started married life together with his dachshund and her Pekingese and were later to acquire their beloved border terrier, Barley.  Together they had many enjoyable trips overseas, particularly enjoying their visits to the South of France.  They also made a good team together, with David judging dressage and Eve taking his notes.

In 1967 they moved from London and brought the Old Rectory in Oxhill, which was to be their home for the rest of Eve's life.  Together they converted the house into a family home with a lovely garden.  Around that time Eve also unexpectedly acquired her two young step-children full time.

Eve became deeply involved in village life, making marmalades and jams, attending village functions, hosting fundraising lunches, involving herself with the Parish council, the PCC and latterly enjoying deep involvement with Tysoe Church of England School, serving for a time as chairman of the governors.  She also found satisfaction in her work as caterer for some years at Seyfried's in Mickleton.

As she grew older she found deep enjoyment in her visits to Janet Gardener and Anne Marshall, and also in her wider circle of friends including Parker and Nancy Smith, Roy and Pam Brown, Peter and Jill Jeffrey.  She was a generous grandmother to Toby and Cathryn's children, presiding over many splendid Christmas feasts.  A busy woman, she always had time to stop for a chat.

She died at home in her sleep having spent her last day peacefully with her family. 

We will miss her.

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