A SERVICE of loving gratitude for the life of Beatrix Joyce Owen, fondly known to all as Trixie, was held at All Saints Church, Wragby, followed by private committal, and officiated by the Rev Mark Holden.
Trixie, aged 84, passed away at her home in Wragby, where she had lived for 29 years.
Born in Oldbury, West Midlands, she spent her childhood years in Birmingham, Cumbria and Burnham Beeches.
Confirmed in Whitehaven, Cumbria her Christian faith sustained her all her life.
Upon completing her schooling, she went to Bedford College to train as a teacher, a profession which she enjoyed from 1951 – 1984.
While employed at Hemsworth Grammar School, the young PE teacher met the new Chemistry teacher – Cyril; their friendship blossomed and the couple married in 1951 in Burnham Beeches. Together they made a very happy home for their children John, Mick, Janet and Peter. Over the years they moved from Ackworth, Yorkshire to Lincoln in 1967, and then to Barkwith in 1982.
Trixie was a much respected teacher, remembered with gratitude by numerous children, including a young Geoffrey Boycott whom she taught PE. She worked in several local schools including South Park, West Gate, Bishop King and Yarborough.
For Trixie the family was the centre of everything. “Mum and dad” would take the family on memorable holidays to Filey and Wales. These trips would include mountain-walking, camping and youth hostelling. She even made waterproof coats for the children.
There were also the youth club and drama society that the couple helped to start. Trixie had a real forte for acting, and even on one occasion stood in in “Toad of Toad Hall”.
Trixie was a fine musician too and a very creative person, producing beautiful sketches and needlework.
All the family were very involved in the life of St Martin’s Church in Lincoln and Trixie had been a Girl Guide Leader for the Church, all of which was so important to her.
Being an excellent cook, Sunday lunches were always memorable occasions at her home, with as many as 20 or 30 people sometimes going to the house. This was due to the fact that Trixie and Cyril were always so warm and welcoming and interested in everything and everyone.
Trixie’s energies always focused on helping others. She instilled in people her determination never to give up.
At Westgate School, she organised the children to take part in a swimming relay....not just any relay....but the length of Lake Windermere, raising money for charity. If that was not enough, she made the children’s wetsuits.
She was also part of the formation group of the Lincoln Cancer Relief and helped to organise their annual Carol Concert at Lincoln’s Theatre Royal.
In more recent years, in Barkwith and Wragby, Trixie continued to be a great friend to all sorts of people – her friendship, warmth and patience given unconditionally. She always tried to see the best in other people and to be forgiving and encouraging. She travelled far and wide to support events and organisations.
She was a regular supporter of the Morris Dancers and even camped outside at the age of 80!
She really enjoyed visiting Scotland and never forgot the experience of staying on the holy island of Iona – treasuring the time to be able to sit quietly in such a lovely place.
She was a very experienced driver, having learnt to drive before the time of taking a compulsory driving test. Sometimes she would smile and mention that her driving instructor had been Queen Mary’s former chauffeur!
Trixie took a full part in the local WI, the Wragby Show and Country Fayre; Wragby Players and helped organise the local “Wishing Well Appeal” for sick children, along with numerous other local events.
She served as Churchwarden and Verger at All Saints Church in Wragby, was a leader of the Mother’s Union and an organiser of Bright Sparks – helping young children make lovely crafts.
She was someone who was totally dependable, and would always go that extra mile to help others. Her faith and determination had been a real source of strength and inspiration to many people. Much was done quietly, but made a difference to people’s lives.
Trixie’s family meant so much to her and she looked forward to being able to see the children, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren grow up, always excited to hear of their news.
She will be so sadly missed by many – family; friends and all those who have known her.
Family mourners were: John Owen (son); Michael and Mary Owen (son and daughter-in-law); Janet and Alan Box (daughter and son-in-law); Peter Owen (son); Clare and Allan Barton, William Owen, Rebecca Owen and Gary, Timothy and Yo Owen, Samantha and Stan Saxton, Christopher Owen (grandchildren and partners); Amelia, Simeon and Harriet Barton, John Owen, Ewan and Joshua Wetherill, Mia and Ethan Owen, Katherine Watson, Eleanor Saxton (great grandchildren); Diana Parkinson and Josee (nieces).
Funeral arrangements were made by Lambert’s of Wragby.
Names taken at church were: Bob and Christine Clarke; Shirley Blakey; Andrea Ward (also representing Tom Ward); Dorothy Warr (also representing the Warr family); Brenda Bodily (also representing Flo Shepherd); Mr and Mrs Les Robinson; Ann Harris (also representing Wragby Players); Mr and Mrs Alan Smart; Mr and Mrs Richard Lenton; Anne Flint; Mr and Mrs Pete Alford; Pauline Cooper; Elaine Eccles; Josee Parkinson; Diana Parkinson; Jessie Skellern (also representing Churches Together and Barkwith WI); Mr and Mrs Graham Osborne; Mr R Usher; Pauline Gill-Stafford; Olive Paul; Bob Paul; Christine Brackenberry; Mr and Mrs John Waring; Deborah Botham; Keith Spencer; Barbara Scott; Mr and Mrs Barks; Janet Greenfield; Mr and Mrs Mike Fricke; Sheila Emerson; Sue Johnson (also representing Johnny Johnson); Laura Kane; Yvette and Alex Karan; Margaret Jones; Sheila Cartwright; Rita Chapman (also representing Maurice Chapman); Anne Buffham (also representing Caroline Hydes); Betty Ward; Rita Dixon; Margaret Kane (also representing Wragby WI); Alice Hodgson; Eileen Rushby (also representing Joan Bruntlett and Wragby Show & Country Fayre); Jean Tring; Margaret Fox; Mr and Mrs Fred Robinson; David and Caroline Longlands; Barbara Hopper; Martin Barter; Susan Barter; Mark Hocking; Liz Stephenson; Edith Nash; Kay Franklin; Hazel Holden; Heather Taylor; Ann Wilson; Denis Brader (also representing Jean Brader); John Brader; Moira Lassels; Liz Burgess.