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Remembering Maureen Plunkett

Maureen lived a varied and much travelled life, inheriting her mother's statistical and mathematical head for figures, and her father's strong Christian faith. 

Maureen on left, with her cousin Judith
Maureen on left, with her cousin Judith
A tribute to Maureen from the perspective of Judith (Maureen's cousin) and Oliver (Maureen's nephew)

Maureen lived a varied and much travelled life, inheriting her mother's statistical and mathematical head for figures, and her father's strong Christian faith. 

Mauren was born in London on 13 August 1940 to Reverend Stanley & Betty Plunkett. Stanley was minister of Herne Hill Baptist Church,  and 1940 was an interesting time to be in London and the young family were bombed out on more than one occasion.

Maureen attended JAGS from 1947, joining her cousins Heather, Gillian and Judith, and had a happy time. It was somewhat disrupted in 1953 when, aged 13, the family emigrated to Canada. Maureen attended Branksome Hall Girls School in Toronto, and achieved Ontario Grade XIII in 9 papers in 1957.

Returning to London in 1957, Maureen continued her education and in 1963 completed her Teacher's Certificate at Whitelands Teacher Training College in south London. She began her teaching career at Bexhill Grammar School in East Sussex.

Between 1970 and 1975 Maureen taught at Gayaza High School in Uganda, and it was clear that this was one of the most happy times in Maureen's life. She returned to Lesotho in 1984 as Headmistress of St Catherine's High School. 

A military coup in 1986 brought this to an abrupt end and on returning to the UK, Maureen taught at a number of schools, including JAGS! She later retired and lived in Lynton, where she could be found either surrounded by piles of exam papers she was marking or at Arlington Court as a volunteer guide. 

Latterly Maureen moved to her bungalow at Kenwith Castle and ultimately into the Residential Care Home at Kenwith.

Maureen was an outgoing, warm hearted and lively character with a big laugh. She was extremely hospitable and always on hand for a chat and some invariably sound advice. 

Maureen will be missed by all of us and will leave a hole in our lives. Our comfort is that she is with the Lord. May she rest in peace.

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