Lillian Kay died peacefully in her sleep on 4 June 2013
Despite her humble beginning in the Pier District of Dover and the thirteenth child in the family, Lillian considered that she had had a very lucky life. Classified as ‘mentally retarded’, she was the first pupil from Pier Infants School to win a scholarship to the County School for Girls in 1925. Lillian trained as a Mathematics teacher and after spending the war years teaching in Nottingham she returned to her old school in 1946 as Maths mistress where she stayed until her retirement in 1997 having become Deputy Head and Head.
Lillian would have liked to have been married and to have had children and grandchildren and came close to marriage on one occasion, but it was not to be and if she had married she would have had to give up her teaching career. What a loss that would have been! Instead the loves of her life were Dover, her school and people – meeting them, finding out all about them in double quick time and loving them. A churchgoer all her life Lillian had a simple, practical faith – thinking of God as a power of love which is in us and all round us.
The impact Lillian made on thousands of her pupils and the many friends she made is astounding. My book on her life went all over the world to ‘old girls’; birthday and Christmas cards continued to arrive in droves until her end. She would want to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have helped to make hers a full and happy life and been part of it over the past 98 years.