“Our memories build a special bridge and bring us peace of mind.”
Monica peacefully passed away in the care of St. Stephen’s Nursing Home on 24th June, aged 93 years.
Monica was born in Tundla, Northern India in 1924. The daughter of an inspector on the railway, the family moved around a lot but she spent her early years in the hill town of Simla. She went to boarding school at the age of 7 in Kercyon. It was very strict at the school and the nuns who ran it took no nonsense from any of the girls who misbehaved, Monica was regularly one of those girls!
By the time she left school the family were living in Bangalore and it was here that she met her Tommy and romance blossomed, unfortunately interrupted by World War 2 when Tommy joined the navy and Monica joined the army as a nursing auxilliary close to the front line in Burma tending to wounded soldiers. After the war they re-united and got married in 1946, starting a family, welcoming Vivian, Rory, Vorrina and Eugene. Life was good and they enjoyed the privileges of being part of the Raj culture.
When independence came to India things began to change and life was not as easy as it had been so the family moved to the UK, initially moving in with Monica’s cousin, Thelma and her family. They were made to feel so welcome by Thelma and her family and were eternally grateful for the opportunity it gave them. It did come as a bit of a culture shock to Monica, who now had to cook, clean and take care of the kids herself! She never really took to this somewhat more strenuous lifestyle but somehow managed to get through it and saw her family grow from children to grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Throughout their married life Tommy and Monica shared many happy times, including travelling around the world visiting family. In her free time Monica loved painting, needlework and crochet. She also had a wicked sense of humour, keeping everyone around her on their toes!
Before her beloved Tommy passed away in 2014 they celebrated their 68th Wedding Anniversary.
Eventually Monica had to move in to St. Stephen’s nursing home in Elworth where she was looked after by some of the kindest people the family have ever met. They can’t thank them enough for the care and kindness they have shown to Monica over the last few years.
Monica’s funeral will take place on Monday 2nd July 2018 in the Crematorium Chapel, Crewe at 12.40pm, followed by cremation.
Donations in memory of Monica will be gratefully received on behalf of St. Stephen’s Nursing Home.
For any further details regarding Monica’s funeral please contact our funeral home on 01270 584447.