Saturday, 25 September 2021

Beda Irene Walker — August 11, 1926 to July 29, 2016

THE funeral service of Beda Irene Walker took place at South Oxfordshire Crematorium on Monday, August

THE funeral service of Beda Irene Walker took place at South Oxfordshire Crematorium on Monday, August 15, 2016.

Beda passed away peacefully in her sleep at The Langston Nursing Home near Chipping Norton on July 29.

Although known to many as Bee, she was born Beda Irene Middleton in Elland Road, Leeds on August 11, 1926. She was daughter to Clifford (John) Middleton and Gladys Irene Middleton. Bee has an older brother John and a younger sister Patricia.

The family moved around a great deal, mainly in the London area, where the family survived the Blitz and later moved to a village near Petersfield where Bee worked on a farm as a Land Girl during the Second World War.

Later Bee went on to meet and marry Ian — known to many as John — Cridland on April 19, 1946. They had four children, Gill, Jacki, Steven and Andrea.



After leaving the Merchant Navy Ian worked in a number of bakeries, at Hayling Island where he and Bee started their family, at Lambourne and also in Hammersmith, while Bee, Gill, Jacki and Steven made their home in Walberton where Ian returned at weekends.

Later the family were to move to Binfield Heath where Ian and Bee worked together as proprietors of Binfield Heath Stores for many years. The family home was in Sonning Common where Andrea arrived on the scene.

Later Bee was to leave Ian and move to Harpsden, where she worked for a family as a housekeeper. Although Bee had left Ian they remained in close contact and did get back together from time to time with varying degrees of success. They did, however, always continue to care for one another.

Bee then moved to live in Henley. But this was only the beginning of many more moves to come. At the last count the number of moves Bee made in her was lifetime was 48!

When her father passed away she inherited a cottage and she and Andrea moved to live in Codford. They then moved to live in Warminster.

Bee then embarked on a new venture and took up the lease of a shop in Frome in Somerset selling interesting and unusual gifts, jewellery and pottery from local craftspeople, as well as books and cards. She moved on again and was a practice manager for a doctor’s surgery in Enfield near to her sister.

Bee was never idle as by this time she had many grandchildren of varying ages. During these years Bee lived in various locations and even had another business near Farnham, a wool shop called The Red Balloon.

Bee eventually returned to Henley where she worked for many years in the High Health Food store. Later she went to live in Barnet to be near her sister Pat who had lost her husband.

Even when Bee retired from paid employment she worked voluntarily in various charity shops.

Towards the end of Bee’s life she settled in Witney near to Gill, and Jacki soon moved to be closer to her. She enjoyed a happy period of regular holidays to her beloved Swanage and outings for coffee and lunch.

Bee had a love of art, literature and music. She loved poetry, admired the Brontes, particularly Emily, and was a huge fan of the cinema. To the end Bee’s character and love of change and variety remained undiminished. 



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