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Moira Van Der Hoest (nee Mortimer)

Picture of Moira van der Hoest (nee Mortimer).

Moira would have loved to go to sea as a young person – she told me if she had been a boy she would have joined the Navy (gender is no such bar nowadays!). Maybe this is why she had a special soft spot for the RNLI. This is funny because she had a fear of being in water for most of her life, following a near-drowning experience in mud at Woolston shore in Southampton as a small child. Her grandfather had a sailing boat and occasionally took Moira and her father and brother, and sometimes other family members on the Southampton Water.

She died following a stroke in March 2008, having had a delightful 80th birthday celebration the previous May. People mostly remember her for her humour, courage, and firm views. She married her penfriend from the Netherlands in 1954, having only visited each other a few times during their correspondence of 7 years. At age 60, she took a trip to Canada, booking only the flights and had to ask about accommodation on arrival in Vancouver.

She loved singing and on 18 October 2008 we will remember her at a Concert in Memory of Moira, from which the proceeds will be donated to the RNLI. Both the choirs she sang with will perform, as well as her daughter’s singing Group Segalula. It will be at her church, St Mary’s, Sholing, Southampton at 7:30. This is a great way to remember her and raise money for the RNLI at the same time.

- Eleanor van der Hoest

Added by: Eleanor van der Hoest on 2 October 2008.

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Picture of Moira van der Hoest (nee Mortimer).
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