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Constance Anne Horsfield, (née Webster), Obituary

Constance Ann Horsfield (née Webster)

21st December 1915 - 22nd December 2014

Constance sadly died the day after her 99thbirthday on 22ndDecember 2014.  Having suffered a broken hip in late November, she spent three and a half weeks in hospital where she never really recovered as we had hoped.

Until November 2014, she had lived independently and although suffering from poor eyesight and hearing loss, remained very much ‘on the ball’ and in control of things.

Anne, Connie, Mum, Nanna, Great Nanna (she was known by many names) was born in Morley, West Yorkshire in 1915 to Sam and Emily Webster, the youngest of four children.  Sadly, her brother Vernon and sisters Marjorie and Joyce pre-deceased her; she loved and missed them deeply.

She was educated at Hunmanby Hall, which she very much enjoyed and where she excelled at sport, especially lacrosse.  She had hoped to train as a Sports & PE teacher, but unfortunately injured her Achilles heel and so went on to qualify as a dispenser.

She married Alan in 1940 and spent the war years volunteering in Dewsbury General Hospital.  After the war, she gave birth to her two children, Richard and Judith, and continued to live in Dewsbury in the family home ‘Inglewood’, until 2007.  She then moved down to live near Judith in Berkhamsted.

Her life in Dewsbury was taken up with bringing up her children and looking after her elderly parents, her mother-in-law, sister Joyce and her Aunt Laura.  She also found time to attend lots of WEA classes and enjoyed walking in the Yorkshire countryside with Alan.  As he became increasingly frail, she looked after him with devotion.

She was thrilled when her four grandchildren were born and was excited to have six great grandchildren, many of whom she met.

Following her move to Berkhamsted, she made new friends and became a popular resident at Gilhams Court.  Her great love was to walk up to Ashridge which she was able to do until her last year.  She had a passion for the outdoors, for Yorkshire, but especially for all her family.  They will all miss her greatly.

Jude Egan (née Judith Horsfield, daughter of Constance and pupil at Hunmanby in the 1960s)


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