Eileen Jarvis obituary


My mum, Eileen Jarvis, who has died aged 92, devoted her life to combating for the rights of ladies and kids, first with the ladies’s liberation motion and as a volunteer for Girls’s Support refuges, after which as a social employee in three London boroughs.

Her ardour for social work stemmed from the poverty she had witnessed rising up in north Wales, in addition to the tragic high-profile case of Maria Colwell, a seven-year-old killed by her stepfather in 1973. Whereas elevating her personal daughters, Eileen studied for O- and A-levels at night lessons, supported by her husband, Harry. After qualifying as a social employee within the mid-70s, she labored in Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Wandsworth.

Born in Wrexham, she was the youngest of the 4 kids, and the one daughter, of Irish migrants: Jack Whelehan, a jockey and secure lad, who labored for the trainers Noel Murless and Jeremy Tree; and Julianne (nee Daly), generally known as Sheila. Eileen was eight when the second world warfare broke out and Sheila started working in a munitions manufacturing facility; she would conceal beneath the kitchen desk each evening, listening for the sound of the bus that meant her mum was residence secure.

The household moved continuously, relocating to Yorkshire then Beckhampton in Wiltshire, and Eileen left her convent college with few {qualifications}. After a quick early marriage, she grew to become a secretary in London, the place she met her second husband, Harry Jarvis, a delivery fleet personnel officer. They have been married in 1967 in a easy ceremony at Wandsworth city corridor and had two daughters, Catherine and me.

1984 - Eileen Jarvis obituary
Eileen Jarvis, second from left, on a girls’s lib demo in London, 1971. {Photograph}: PA Photographs/Alamy

Motherhood fuelled Eileen’s involvement with politics and ladies’s rights, and in addition to campaigning with the ladies’s lib motion and volunteering for Girls’s Support, she was a member of the Labour celebration and received to know the MPs Tom Cox and Joan Lestor properly.

In her 50s, to the immense pleasure of her household, she graduated from the Open College, and after retiring as a senior social employee within the Nineteen Nineties to assist look after her grandchildren, she grew to become a psychotherapist and was a volunteer counsellor at Wandsworth jail. She liked poetry, strolling, singing and journey.

When she was recognized with Alzheimer’s illness seven years in the past, she was decided that it will not outline her. In 2017 she appeared on the Channel 4 programme 24 Hours in A&E. “It doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom, however what it needs to be, is a problem,” she mentioned. “I don’t need dementia to intervene, so I gained’t let it.”

Harry died in 1988. She is survived by Catherine and me, and her 4 grandchildren, Joshua, Oliver, Harriet and Benedict.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here