Rosalie Violet Linley Francis (née Roberts)

This is the eulogy written by my mother, Faye Olwen Quest (née Francis, previously Blacker), wrote for her mother’s funeral on 28 April 2008 at Aberystwyth Crematorium. This post was added to this blog retrospectively on 7 April 2013, having been hosted elsewhere since 9 August 2009.

Enid, Faye and Mick
Enid, Faye and Mick, at Faye’s daughter Catrin’s wedding, 18 July 2004

Rosalie Violet Linley, or “Mick” as everyone knew her, was born near Bridgnorth in Shropshire on 6 November 1915, the youngest of the seven children of Hugh and Helena Roberts. Her father was a groom/coachman, her mother a laundress and the family lived on various estates over the years.

At 14 years of age, Mick left home to work as under-parlour-maid in Kings Langley, Herts, and later worked for the Beale family in Birmingham. The Beales owned Bontddu Hall and it was while working for them there that Mick met her future husband Bryn, whose parents lived at Bontddu Lodge.

Bryn and Mick married on 10 January 1942 and moved to Dolgellau, where they lived for some 30 years, bringing up their two daughters Faye and Enid. Bryn and Mick both had shops in Dolgellau — Bryn a bakery / grocer’s shop with his partner TI Jones and Mick a sweetshop. On retiring, they moved to Llanbadarn Fawr in 1973, where their great friends Dai and Marjorie Jones were already living. They all had many happy holidays together, Malta being a favourite destination.

The arrival of their grandchildren— Owen in 1975, followed by Susannah, Catrin and finally Sophie in 1982 — brought them great pleasure and they enjoyed visiting Faye and Enid and their families and holidaying with them, both here in Llanbadarn and abroad.

Sadly, in 1997, Bryn passed away after 55 years of happy marriage. At this time, neighbours Alun and Marilyn Powell provided great comfort and support to Mick, for which the family will always be grateful.

Mick was determined to continue living in Llanbadarn and found new interests and friendships through the support of Age Concern. She was particularly fond of Winnie Livermore, who would drive her anywhere she wanted to go. Mick particularly enjoyed her weekly exercise class and was proud to have been interviewed by Age Concern on the occasion of her 90th birthday, as the exercise class’s oldest member at that time. And, of course, she still enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and watching her beloved TV soaps!

More recently, as she grew more frail, she began to rely more and more upon the practical help and advice of her two sons in law, Geoff and Clive, who were only too happy to do anything to help her and reduce any worries about house maintenance or financial problems.

Unfortunately, on 4 February this year, Mick had a fall at home and had to be admitted to Bronglais hospital, where she then suffered a stroke. The family are very grateful to the caring staff of Ystwyth Ward, Bronglais, who were so kind to Mick over her last few weeks.

On the morning of Monday 21 April, Mick passed away peacefully, with Faye and Enid at her side.

Mick’s family would like to thank everyone for coming here today and should anyone like to make a donation in memory of Mick, it should go to Age Concern Ceredigion; the funeral directors WH Daniel and Son will take care of the donations.

The image of Enid, Faye and Mick, at Catrin’s wedding, 18 July 2004, is from my own Flickr stream. It is copyright © 2004 Owen Blacker and Scott van Looy and is available under a Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0 licence.

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