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Anne Symington Muir – 1934- 2018


Anne grew up in Dunblane and sadly lost her father when she was only 17. She attended Malvern Girls’ School, then Southampton
University to study French and Spanish. She trained to be a teacher in Bristol and after working at various schools, she came to Sibford School, becoming Deputy Head until her retirement. She then took a post at the Bodleian Library in Oxford where she earned glowing tributes on her second retirement.
By this time living in Bloxham, Anne expanded her range of activities: she loved music and went back to piano lessons, even doing Grade Exams, just for her own pleasure. She joined the Banbury Choral Society and the Bloxham Church Choir. She enjoyed learning new things, embraced technology, and ‘doing good by stealth’ she lived out her faith with quiet dedication, producing for many years a monthly booklet called ‘Sharing Prayer’. She was active in the Thursday Club, a day centre for the housebound, giving lifts and generally looking after people – she also joined the Bloxham Lunch Club to give lifts and assistance.
Anne loved travel and languages, visiting Europe, and flying out to Australia where her brother and family had moved – she was able to explore with them Tasmania, Uluru, the outback and big cities. In later life she much enjoyed cruising, till sadly a stroke in 2017 left her with limited movement and no speech (though she was still able to sing!). She was looked after at Godswell Park and given wonderful attention and care. Anne was a much loved friend, thoughtful, kind, a lover of good food, a good story and good company with a glass of red wine – she will be much missed in Bloxham

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