Sad news as much-loved tenant Muriel Healey dies, aged 95
We were all very saddened to hear of the death of our much-loved tenant Muriel Healey, whose commitment to Havebury and our residents was, quite simply, exemplary.
Muriel was born in Manchester in 1920; by the age of 21, she was a naval nurse based in Skegness. In June 1945 she married her engineer husband, with whom she went on to have two daughters and four grandchildren.
In 1971, Muriel’s husband’s work brought the family south to Haverhill, where she took a job in catering at the Haverhill Sports Centre.
When Marchant Manufacturing opened in the town in 1973, Muriel began work there on the factory floor.
Even though it was her first factory role, she soon became forelady and then moved on to a position as personnel manager. She retired in 1984.
Muriel was sadly widowed in 1988, but threw herself into voluntary work with St John’s Ambulance, and was secretary of the Haverhill division for 20 years. She was also a Serving Sister of the Order of St John, a life-time award, while she was also a proud member of the Royal British Legion.
For many years, Muriel was extremely active in tenant life, first as a member of the former St Edmundsbury Tenants’ Forum, and then the Havebury Tenants’ Forum.
She was also vice-chairman of Havebury’s Board of Directors. In 2007, Muriel was awarded Havebury’s first honorary life presidency, while she was presented with the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours 2013 for services to tenants in Suffolk.
She said at the time: “I was bowled over to get the award. It was a fantastic surprise as I never thought I’d get anything like it.”
All of us at Havebury deeply respected and admired Muriel for the way she embraced everything that we espouse. She was a true ambassador for us and our tenants, always giving us her utmost commitment, loyalty and sheer energy.
We send our sincere condolences to Muriel’s friends and family. We shall miss her greatly.