Anne Easterbrook (nee Carter)

1st June 1928 to 14th June 2019

It is with sadness that we report Anne Easterbrook died peacefully at Priory Paddocks nursing home on Friday 14th June after a long and happy life aged 91 years. 

Anne and the family had a long association with Walberswick.  Her parents Percy and Doris Carter settled at Wayland Cottage in the 1950's. Percy was a founder member of WATS. Anne continued this interest taking part in many WATS play readings and was Chairman from 1997 to 2000.  Anne trained at The Central school for dramatic art  and possessed a distinctive, cut glass theatrical English accent.

After more than 30 years accompanying her husband Ray on many international assignments with the Royal Air Force and diplomatic service including Germany, Malta, Australia and Sweden, Anne and Ray moved to the village in 1988, where they both took part in many village activities alternating with time at their flat in London.

Anne maintained her lifelong passion for the theatre and enjoyed the village trips to Ipswich and Norwich. She engaged with the Walberswick Local History Group, Women’s Institute, NADFAS, and (Intermittently) the village hall exercise groups. She continued to travel extensively, including regular ski holidays, and participated for ten years with Ray in the annual British Association for the advancement of Science meetings. She  even found time to take up the piano in her later 70s. She maintained a wide network of friends, including many from her school days.

Anne was noted in the village for her charm, glamour and elegance - never without makeup  and her trademark red lipstick with matching nail varnish. Her collection of hats was unique – many adorned with a jaunty feather. She was also a product of a generation who grew up in the war years, with a distinctive quiet British reserve, dignity and resilience. She was kind, a good listener and retained her sharp brain and remarkable memory to the very end. 

The family would like to thank everyone in the village for their kindness, love  and friendship over many years. Anne was truly blessed to live in such a close and supportive community. In particular, we would like to express our appreciation to those who visited her at Priory Paddocks over the past year.  Your visits with updates on village activities really helped lift her spirits during her period of declining health and loss of mobility. 

She is survived by her three devoted children of whom she was immensely proud: Caroline, a teacher, Hugh, a businessman, and Philippa, a physician and specialist in infectious diseases working at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Anne had two grandchildren Sophie and Oliver who she loved dearly and enjoyed hearing of their achievements and adventures. 

The funeral service will take place on Friday 5th July 2019 at 2.30pm at St Andrew's Church, Walberswick. It will be held jointly between Father Roger from the Catholic church in Southwold and  Rev Simon Pitcher from St. Andrew’s Church.

Collection will be for renovation of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southwold and St. Andrew's Walberswick

Donations National Youth Theatre (sort code 20-06-13 Acc 30262005) Registered charity 306075 

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