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2020 Never Forgotten, Eliza Jemmett

“Ma, I can’t wait to share a Latte & Custard with you!”

Words from Susan Willis, daughter of Eliza Jemmett who died in May as a result of Covid-19.

Eliza, March 2020, sent by Sheraton Court during lockdown

Susan wrote, “Due to Government regulations I hadn’t seen my mam in Sheraton Court since late February. The staff were amazing at keeping in touch but the lack of human touch & visits was heart breaking.”

Eliza was born in 1932, one of 8 children; she often spoke about her grandma, also called Liza, who lived to 102 and had 19 children. Eliza would joke that she might live to 103!

Evacuated to Scarborough for a time during the war she would talk about how sad she was to never get the chance to play netball at Brougham School; she told her granddaughter Olivia the story many times as she plays netball for All Stars Club.

After leaving school at 14 to work in a factory as a seamstress she married Percy, the love of her life, and they were married for 49 years. Together they opened their own shop, Jemmett’s Hardware in 1964 which they ran for over 20 years.

Eliza & Percy, 1996 with daughters Angela and Susan

Susan continued, “My sister Angela and I were so loved and always felt safe and so lucky that Ma and Pa were a perfect couple and the best parents you could wish for; our house was filled with love, laughter and music.

The arrival of grandchildren Laura, Catherine, Anna and Olivia filled Mam with so much happiness and in later years great grand children Annie, Nellie & Dominic also gave her so much joy. ….to Mam people mattered not possessions.

It makes me so sad that Covid-19 took away our wonderful Mam who had a selfless spirit & an abundance of unconditional love. A lady who’s love for her family & friends was her whole being. We loved you to the moon & back, now & always in our hearts. Till we meet again, when we will be sipping our lattes & singing in the rain!

After 6months I feel now I am reacting to Mams bereavement. It would have been her 88th birthday 15th November. My heart is so heavy and sad Mam had to end her wonderful life in such a sad lonely way.”

“Thank you for allowing me to share Mam’s life story”


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