Lena Donachie – Died 18 September 1985.
From the Parish Magazine – November 1985
25th September 1941 – 18th September 1985.
Lena will be remembered by many in the village as the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wade, living with her three sisters at Payne's Hill Farm. After leaving school Lena became a cook and demonstrator for Eastern Electricity and Hotpoint, which she continued until she married in 1964.
A year later she and her husband decided to emigrate to Canada, where Lena became a teacher for deaf children. During this time she also became involved in voluntary work for the mentally handicapped. She returned to England after her marriage was dissolved, and had lived in the locality for the past year, but it soon became evident to those who knew her, that she was seriously ill.
In his address Rev. David Napley spoke of the sadness of her illness and untimely death, but he also gave thanks to the self-sacrifice of her work in Canada. He quoted a letter which accompanied an award for exceptional service to the Mentally Handicapped over a period of 15 years, and commended her work. A service of memorial and thanksgiving for her devoted service has been held at Armhurst, Nova Scotia.
We send our love and sympathy to her mother, Mrs. Kathy Wade and sisters Janet, Judith and Peggy.