In Memory

Anne Pharoah

20 Feb 1942 - 23 Nov 2023

In Memory of Anne Pharoah

Anne Pharoah passed away peacefully while receiving palliative care at the Princess Royal Hospital in Farnborough on Thursday 23rd November, following a stroke three weeks earlier from which she never recovered. She was 81.

Anne had been bad suffering badly from Alzheimer's for some time and had been living in a care home in Chislehurst since 2019.

While always happy and cheerful to the end, truthfully the real Anne Pharoah has passed some time earlier. Dementia is a cruel disease. That is why in her memory, her family wish to support Dementia Care.

She leaves a loving husband (David), three happily married children (Andy and Anita, Catherine and Steve, and Liz and Sarah) and six grandchildren (Jacob, Alastair, Noah, Isobel, Samuel, and Joseph). But, most of all, she leaves happy memories and hundreds and maybe thousands of lives positively impacted by her love, faith, insight, kindness, and care.

Born in Rochdale in 1942, she achieved more in life than would have been expected for her at the time. Following the encouragement and intervention of teachers, she was the first in her family to go to University (Leicester). She was very bright, and she always exceeded expectations.

Her first job out of college was working on the design of Concorde, a job she hated. She married David in Bedford in 1965, Her first child, Andy, and stay-at-home motherhood soon followed, as did her two daughters (Catherine and Liz). She was a young mother in her twenties with three children under five.

The family lived in Bedford, Farnborough (Hampshire), Kings Lynn and (briefly) Brentwood. When the family moved to Beckenham in 1974, and Liz started primary school, Anne returned to work as a teacher in London (Hawes Down, Langley Park Boys and James Allen's Girl's School) before moving to work for her Church (Ichthus) full-time once Catherine and Liz had finished at James Allen's.

A former student once described her as a legend. That praise was something that brought her great joy in her later years as her memory was failing. She saw the best in people and was always there to help listen and care. Whether it was providing free tutoring for the child struggling with maths, providing personal counselling to those in states of distress, anguish or need, leading a Church House group with David or travelling to Argentina, Nigeria, Turkey and Afghanistan to support people and congregations in often dangerous or difficult situations.

She was a pioneer, teacher, tutor, counsellor, leader, friend, mother, and loving wife. While she died too soon, she passed being 'full of days'.

RIP Anne Pharoah

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