Mrs Kathy Mills 1944 -2015

On the afternoon of 20th March Foxearth Church was filled to capacity in a celebration of the life of a well-known and loved local lady. Kathy Mills– properly known as Katharina but everyone knew her as Kathy – died on 28th February at the age of 70 after a brave struggle with cancer. She was born and raised in Switzerland and in accordance with her wishes and Swiss tradition her cremation took place as soon as possible. One day her ashes will be scattered over one of her beloved Swiss lakes. Kathy came to England as an au pair and married Terry in 1968 living in Long Melford where children Philip and Michelle in due course arrived. Kathy and Terry moved to Foxearth in 2000.

The service was conducted by Team Vicar, Rev. Sally Womersley, who described her admiration for Kathy’s strength of character and tremendous courage in the face of a dreadfully painful and debilitating disease. Kathy talked calmly about the end that she knew was inevitable and in consideration for her family discussed all the arrangements that would eventually have to be made.

Philip and Michelle spoke affectionately about their truly wonderful mother who worked tirelessly for her family and  who was utterly selfless. She had  a happy outlook and an inner beauty matched her ever-smiling countenance. Kathy loved entertaining and insisted on putting on a normal family Christmas in spite of the serious suffering she attempted to hide. On New Years Eve she organised a little party in the Hospice taking her morphine with a glass of champagne! What an indomitable spirit!

At home Kathy was frequently to be seen in the garden that she loved. In fact if the weather was fine and she wasn’t there it was more than likely that she was round at her allotment. She would return with a barrow full of vegetables from which neighbours often benefitted! When the subject of church cleaning and flower arranging cropped up Kathy was among the first to volunteer and she was never too busy to lend a helping hand or have  a chat over the  fence. So the community will miss Kathy as a friendly presence in the village but of course her family will feel by far the deeper sense of loss. To Terry, Philip and Melanie, Michelle and Nick and to grand children Lewis and Emily we express our sincerest condolences.

Ken Nice

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