Edith Davies nee Rimmer- Old Girl (1947-1954)
A Tribute to Edith
Some memories of Edith, a dear friend whose 65 year friendship with me sadly came to an end in September 2013.
Edith Mary Davies was born on 14th January 1936, the only child of Agnes and Bill Rimmer. Before moving to Lunt Road in Sefton, the family home was close to Brownmoor Lane which meant that Edith was able to attend Forefield Junior and Infant School for her Primary School Education. It was from Forefield Junior School that Edith won a scholarship enabling her to attend Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School. Edith’s parents were so proud and thrilled with this achievement.
Edith and I were not in the same year at School but we became friends because of our love for Tennis. We were members of the Junior Section of Crosby Lawn Tennis Club which was situated in Moor Lane. We used to enter the Junior Tennis Tournaments at Hightown and Upton in the Summer holidays. The love of the game continued for many years when once we were lucky enough to have tickets for Wimbledon with seats by the Umpire’s chair. This was in the days of Virginia Wade and Rosie Casals. We were even seen on television (as spectators)!
Edith trained as a teacher at Leeds Training College and began her career at Longmoor Lane Secondary Modern School teaching teenage boys. She also taught for many years at Crosby Road North Junior School and then held a position of responsibility at St. Andrew’s Primary School in Maghull. Edith was an inspirational teacher and always aimed to provide and get the best from her pupils.
Edith’s love of Music continued throughout her life. She played the piano and reached Grade Seven. She was a regular Concert goer at the Philharmonic Hall and would queue up after many concerts to get signed CDs of the performers! She was a member of the U3A Music Appreciation Group and contributed much to the discussions that took place.
Edith enjoyed painting and after her husband, Harry died, she joined a local Art Group where she could develop her skills in water colours. She was so thrilled when two of her paintings were sold at an Art exhibition put on by members of the group.
Edith was a great traveller and often went on holidays involving the Philharmonic Orchestra. She was able to attend all the pre-arranged concerts as well as exploring different parts of Europe. Her love of travelling also took her to India, a country with which she had always been fascinated. Edith had requested that an extract from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali Poet, should be read at her funeral. She had so many photograph albums of her different holidays that they would fill several book shelves!
Edith and I both had very strong links with the Old Girls’ Association. At one time Edith was President and she also held the position of Assistant Secretary. She was very honoured to be elected as the Old Girls’ Representative on the Governing Body, a position she held for six years in a very conscientious way. It is through the Association that so many friends from School Days have been made. Some of us would meet on a regular basis and our last meeting took place in Mold where we had lunch together. This was just over a week before Edith died.
I treasure these memories that have built up over so many years and think of the happy times that have been shared together such as Wedding preparations, choice of Wedding and Bridesmaid’s dresses, holidays and theatre visits to name but a few.
Edith was such a very special person, I was so lucky to have had her as a friend. She will be sorely missed by us all.
Sheila A. Duncan