Tributes flood in for former teacher Betty MutchBy Lewis Rudd
January 14, 2010
The husband of a former Wokingham infant school teacher and shop assistant has paid tribute to his wife who died aged 72.
Elizabeth Mutch, who used to live in Crowthorne, lost her seven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease at St Andrews Community Hospital in Fife, Scotland, on Thursday, December 17.
Mrs Mutch, known as ‘Betty’ to friends and colleagues, taught at Oaklands Infant School in Butler Road, Crowthorne, Wescott Infants School in Wescott Road, Wokingham, and Waverley School in Waverley Way, Finchampstead, before returning to her native Scotland in 1998.
The grandmother-of-five began her teaching career at St Francis School in Ascot, but it was her time working at schools in Wokingham and Crowthorne where her vocation excelled.
During her time at Oaklands Mrs Mutch worked her way up to acting headteacher before leaving to become head of infants at Waverley in 1989, where she stayed until she retired in 1997.
Her husband, Nicol, said “She was always full of life.
“She was a very gentle person who always saw the best in people and always knew the right thing to do in whatever circumstances and absolutely doted on her family.
“She loved her teaching and we have had so many letters and tributes from parents and former pupils she has taught over the years.”
Mrs Mutch also spent some of her time in Berkshire working as a shop assistant at Felicity Hat Hire in Church Street, Crowthorne.
It was a place where, according to her husband, she “loved the ladies coming in for hats when going to Ascot or Henley”.
Mrs Mutch leaves her husband, daughters Lindsey and Alison – who still both live in the area – and five grandchildren.
Her funeral was at St Ninian’s Cathedral in Perth, Scotland, last Wednesday, January 6.
Friends and former colleagues are asked not to send flowers but make a donation to St Andrews Community Hospital.