Loving mother and teacher 'was popular with everyone'
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a popular former teacher.
Pamela Purser, 60, who worked as a chemistry teacher at Caistor Grammar School before her retirement, passed away peacefully at St Andrew's Hospice.
The "outgoing" mum of two was also a member of the amateur dramatic society the Caxton Players and loved to dance.
Her husband, Paul, said: "She adored teaching and, in particular, she enjoyed chemistry demonstrations.
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"She retired from Caistor Grammar School more than three years ago, when she was diagnosed with cancer.
"She was very popular with everyone."
Paul, who is a retired doctor from Clee Medical Centre, said they met in 1970 at Leeds University.
Pamela was born in Birmingham and she moved with Paul to Grimsby when they married in 1978.
She first taught in a school in London and was head of the chemistry department.
Paul said they had some lovely memories together, especially of holidays.
He continued: "We had a great holiday last August on the Queen Mary 2 travelling from New York.
"We also had a wonderful holiday in Greece and walked everywhere. We also went to Paris where she loved looking at the art galleries."
When Pamela was diagnosed with cancer more than three years ago, the treatment she received stabilised her condition.
However, her condition got worse in October.
"We were all with her when she passed away and St Andrew's Hospice did a fantastic job," said Paul.
"When she retired, she enjoyed gardening and she loved to dance. When we had a Jubilee street party, she was there, dancing away."
Pamela was a proud and loving mother to Mark and Sophie – who has followed in her footsteps by becoming a chemist in Abingdon, near Oxford.
The family would like to thank the hospice for the exceptional care Pamela received.
A funeral service will take place at Grimsby Minster on Wednesday at 12.30pm, followed by a private committal.
The family have requested no flowers. However, donations in lieu can be made to St Andrew's Hospice.