Devoted teacher and a cornerstone of Crawley community life Dorothy Adamson has died after a struggle with ill health.
Dorothy, who was 89, will be known to many, old and young, for her dedication to her work at some of Crawley’s schools.
She died on Friday October 2 at East Surrey Hospital and her family have invited friends and past pupils to a celebration of her life in St Margaret’s Church in Ifield on Friday (October 23).
Dorothy was a member of St Margaret’s and also involved in the Mothers’ Union, Probus, NADFAS Barn Theatre and the Concordia Choral Society.
She trained initially as a nanny, at Norland college, after her family was born she made the change to teaching.
She moved to Crawley in 1963 with her husband Ken whom she had married on July 1949 in Chipping, East London.
Her first teaching post was a brief spell at Jordans in Langley Green and then at Ifield Infant School.
Daughter Karen said: “Known as Dot to her friends, she was passionate about all her pupils and spent many years nurturing, caring and bringing out the best in all her charges.
“Ten years before she retired Dot was moved to Broadfield First and Middle school, a move she was very much against, but which proved to be some of her happiest years.
“The highlight of her school year was to help organise a school trip for the children, travelling in three minibuses, one of which was driven by her, overland to Interlaken in Switzerland - many happy memories for her and pupils alike.
“This she repeated several years running. She touched so many people’s lives with her enthusiasm and lived life to the full.”
Dorothy retired in 1989, but refused to slow down.
As well as her strong membership of the community groups, she belonged to National Trust and was also a Friend of the Royal Opera house, and would drive to London twice a week to enjoy a performance, usually involving friends to make up a party.
Ken died in December 2008, just a few months before their 60th wedding.
She leaves her daughter Karen and son-in-law Colin, son Gerard and daughter-in-law Christine, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
All past pupils and friends are welcome to join a celebration of her life, at St Margaret’s Church at 12pm on Friday following a family only service at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium in Crawley.
Visitors are asked not to bring flowers but the family is welcoming donations to Save The Children c/o The Martins Funeral Directors.