Obituary: Mrs Beryl Morely Syddall

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Mrs Beryl Morely Syddall, of Manor Drive, Great Gonerby, has died. She was 87.

Mrs Syddall was born on August 21, 1926, in Brigg, the youngest daughter of Nora and John William Quickfall.

She had an older sister Brenda and they enjoyed a lovely childhood in their family home in Brigg.

She attended Brigg Girls’ Grammar School.

During the Second World War she began her nursing career in Buxton, Derbyshire, and also at Grantham Hospital, where she met John Royston Syddall (Roy) an Army officer and romance ensued.

They were married in April 1947 and moved to Chesterfield where they set up their first home and adopted a son John.

In 1957 they left England for South Africa.

Their daughter Jane was born in 1959, followed by Alistair in 1960 and Michael in 1963. Mrs Syddall spent many happy years in Rhodesia, where she loved the warmth and sun.

The family returned to England in 1966.

In 1971 it was decided the family should return to Rhodesia and they settled back into their old home on the outskirts of Salisbury, Rhodesia.

Mrs Syddall began nursing again and mostly did private nursing, meeting many different characters along the way. She was highly regarded by the nursing service for whom she worked and also by the patients themselves.

She lived through the turmoil of bush war and sanctions imposed on Rhodesia, but life on the whole was good.

Mrs Syddall left Africa for the last time and returned to the UK in 1977.

Her husband died in 1985, leaving her and four children. She retired from nursing in 1986 and moved from Barrowby to Great Gonerby in 1992, where she made a life for herself and her son Alistair.

Her daughter Jane already lived there. Mrs Syddall has three grandchildren, Lucy, Lewis and Jasper and two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Bethany.

Her interests included gardening, people and travel.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Robert Holland.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.