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Susan Charlotte Marett 1911 – 2005

2nd of September 2005

Susan studied at The London School of Design and Architecture and spent two years in the family firm of George Jackson and Sons working in the drawing office. She then changed career and studied at the Paris Academy of Dressmaking. The family moved to Old Place at Hunton Bridge (now a restaurant) and then to Thatched House which stood on the corner of The Street and Dunny Lane (now the site of several houses).
She married at St Paul’s in 1938 a serving officer in the Duke of Wellington Regiment and spent the war years in India, where daughter Jacky was born, and Pakistan where son Peter was born. She came back to live at Belsize Farm until 1957 when she moved in with her mother who now lived at Anchor Cottage. Susan was now working full time at the Jersey Shop, later managing the Berkhamsted and Watford shops.
Her daughter Jacky married Doug Wallace at St Paul’s in 1961; and Peter pursued a career in the Royal Engineers, travelling all over the world. Susan regularly hosted parties for all of Jacky’s children in the large garden at Anchor Cottage. These would often be working parties in an effort to keep the garden under control. Grass cutting, tree lopping, hedge cutting and, of course, bonfires – everyone loved it. Jacky’s two boys, Philip and Richard, were born in the 1970’s and christened at St Paul’s, and were a great delight to Susan and she was always interested in what they did. In 1981 Jacky and her family moved to Nottingham because of Doug’s work and the working parties became less frequent. She visited many times a year and had her own room in the house. Jacky continued to spend weekends at Chipperfield every two to three weeks and often worked in the garden single-handed. In 1993 Susan moved to Flint Cottage, next door to Betty Brown who was a wonderful neighbour to her.
In 2000 aged 89 and with a couple of health scares Susan needed more help and moved in with Jacky’s family in Nottingham. The thought of leaving Chipperfield was a tremendous wrench for her. She had so many friends, Betty Brown, Valerie Briselden, Mona Lavers and Joan Jackson to name but a few. But she loved it and her health really improved. She often said “I now feel as if I’m living, there’s always so much going on at your house”. The arrival of her two great grandchildren was a great joy to her, she adored them.
Her 94th birthday was a great family celebration, Peter and his family joining us from Preston. After that Susan’s health deteriorated through kidney failure. The Renal Unit at Nottingham City Hospital, District nurses and Social Services were marvellous. She had to go to Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield and died five days later on 17 July. Family and friends from far and wide attended her funeral on 25 July. It was a wonderful send off and celebration of her life.
I could not have asked for a better mother-in-law. Always supportive but never critical. Doug Wallace

 
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