Mary Hilda Jex passed away quietly on the 26th September 2007, at a grand young age of 101.
She was a most amazing person.
Like many others, Hilda was my ultimate inspiration, and I am proud to be able to call her my Granny and my friend. Gentle, selfless, knowing, tolerant, wise. (Not to mention a dab hand at Scrabble.)
As a mother to Hilary and Carol, grandmother to Helen and myself, and great-grandmother to Jex and Evanora, Hilda was always at the heart of the family. Despite her age, she always actively participated in every occasion, loyally followed every one of our lives, and acted as a moral and spiritual compass to us all.
For her hundreds of dear friends and neighbours, she was a marvel. And surely lit up Carlisle social circles until the very end.
I find it hard alone to do justice to Hilda and her life, which was so much defined by her relationships with others. Each and every one of our fond memories, thoughts and stories – together - will surely describe the rich tapestry of her life far better than my humble tribute alone ever will.
I also suspect that is the way she will want to be remembered.
26th September 2007