Arthur pays tribute to a close friend, neighbour and devoted former member of St John’s.
On Wednesday, at Hanworth Crematorium, we paid tribute to the life of Marjorie Bayliss a remarkable woman who has done so much for the church and the Isleworth community.
Marjorie was born in Fulham in 1920 where she grew up and went to school at Godolphin and Latymer. She served in the army during the war in a radar section involved with the appropriate siting of gunnery units. She married Maurice in 1950 and moved here to Woodlands Road in 1963, and became active members of St John’s undertaking, amongst many other things, the distribution of 450 copies of the Parish Magazine each month.
Marjorie has a great love of music and the arts regularly attending concerts at the Barbican while being active at a music society in Putney. For twenty years she was the pianist at our Tiny Tots service on Wednesdays being greatly loved by parents and children alike. To make sure that she never let down the children, she made a set of recordings of the twenty most popular songs used at these services. A number of those parents are still regular worshippers and feel her loss.
Her love of the arts extended into a very active role with the U3A (University of the Third Age). She was the leader of three groups all of which at her home. These people shared her delight in poetry, music and a book reading group. Marjorie was the most hospitable of people. The tea pot was always warm and you could be sure to be offered cake when you called.
After a number of falls at home and a short period in hospital she moved to Atfield House where she received such excellent care. A determined lady, she wanted to see her ninety sixth birthday. This she did – and three days later finished her life on earth. We thank God for our association with her.