OBITUARY: Wisbech teacher Muriel Eva Lilley

Muriel Eva Lilley, who died on February 13 at the age of 105.
Muriel Eva Lilley, who died on February 13 at the age of 105.

A former Wisbech teacher has died at the grand age of 105.

Muriel Eva Lilley, known as Eva, died on February 13 at Dove Court, Walsoken, having celebrated her birthday on January 1.

Miss Lilley was a teacher and she had throughout her working life run a private school for 4-8 year olds.

She started her school in Tavistock Road and then moved it to Walsoken Rectory which is now Turnpike Court on the Norwich Road.

In 1960, following the sale of The Rectory by the Church she ran the school from her home at Lynn Road, Wisbech until she retired in 1979.

At the retirement party held for her by her former pupils and parents of existing pupils she said she had prided herself on giving her pupils a good basic groundwork in the 3 Rs and added: “I have given my children something more than teaching. They learn such things as manners and consideration, which is something many children nowadays do not have.”

She will be remembered with affection by all who attended her school.

When Miss Lilley reached 100, a birthday party was held for her at Dove Court and many who had been at her school came to it.

Miss Lilley was a faithful worshipper at All Saints Church, Walsoken. Apart from teaching she had been superintendent of the St John’s Ambulance Cadets, secretary of the Mothers Union and on the church council.

A funeral service will be held for Miss Lilley at All Saints Church, Walsoken on March 6 at 10.30am.