Tributes paid to ‘incredible’ Alice Parkin

Alice Parkin on her 106th birthday. SUS-140306-162537001
Alice Parkin on her 106th birthday. SUS-140306-162537001

Touching tributes have been paid to Alice Parkin, who passed away just six days after celebrating her 106th birthday last month.

Alice spent her special day with her nearest and dearest at the Grand Hotel but was sadly taken to hospital on Thursday, May 29 and died at noon the following day.

Laura Woodward, estate manager at Andwell Court where Alice lived with her 102-year-old sister Grace, said, “I’m missing her already. Lyn Clear, who has cared for the sisters for many years, is devastated by the loss of Alice and she is continuing to look after Grace, who misses her sister deeply. Lyn and I have both said that Alice was so full of life and joy that even though in our hearts we knew she couldn’t go on forever, we just expected that she would.

“Alice shared her love of toffees with me and now I am addicted, I will always think of her when my teeth are aching from eating too many!

“Everyone at Andwell Court and RLHA have been saddened by this loss and our thoughts go out to Grace, whom Alice always put first in her thoughts and life, even right at the end.

“Alice has left many friends behind who will cherish her memory. They include Lyn, David and Gill, who are good friends that also cared for Alice and Grace in their latter years, Debbie, who arranged for Alice’s food shop to be delivered to her house every week, and myself. We are all rallying around Grace at this very sad time.”

Alice, whose maiden name was Robertson until she married the late Percy Parkin in 1941, was surprisingly sprightly for her age and described herself as ‘21 years young with 85 years of experience’.

Lyn’s husband Phil Clear added, “Lyn and I took both Alice and Grace to London for a few days for Christmas in 2012 and had a lovely time, Alice had so many stories, it was riveting. She was so lovely, polite, appreciative and thoughtful; her brain was so sharp right to the end. She was an incredible lady.”